Thursday, December 15, 2011

Paw Print Adventures with Ziggy ™ Old Town Plaza's Holiday Stroll

Luminaria (especially in Mexico and the southwestern U.S.) a Christmas lantern consisting of a lighted candle set in sand inside a paper bag.  (

Ziggy's latest adventure includes a luminaria.  Luminarias are popular this time of year in New Mexico.  They line the sidewalks, and streets, at every turn.  Electric luminarias line the tops of buildings, and houses. The tradition of luminarias is part of the Holiday Stroll in Old Town Plaza here in Albuquerque. The Holiday Stroll was originally created to raise funds for various charites, and bring shoppers into The Old Town Plaza.  Today, it represents the beginning of the holiday season.  Many events are held during the opening night, including the lighting of a Christmas tree.  Musicians serenade locals, and tourists, with beautiful music as they stroll along the plaza. 

Ziggy's favorite part was getting lovin' and attention from each passerby.  He also got to go inside the Basket and Rug Shop.  Animals are allowed in this historic structure full of southwestern items.  It's one of our favorite places to visit.

Wherever Ziggy's adventures take us, at some point, I'll start asking my family for input on what we should do for his adventure.  This one took some thinking.  Old Town is old hat for us.  Somewhere we've gone to time, and time, again.  We were completely stumped.  After a good nights sleep, it came to me.  My husband walked away, shaking his head, as I told him about my idea. (This is a typical pattern for my husband.)  So here it is--

For Ziggy's adventure we made luminarias.  We used paper bags, an ink pad, sand, candles, and some puppy paws.  First, we stamped Ziggy, Humphrey, and Brando's paws onto the paper bags.  Ziggy is so used to doing this that he rests his paws perfectly everytime.  Humphrey only gave us one paw print, and Brando was walking all over the bag without a care. (By the way, my husband was still shaking his head!)  Then, we cut out the paw prints.  We wanted the paw prints to really shine when we put the lit candles in the bag.  After that, we opened the bags, filled them with about an inch of sand (to keep them from blowing away), and placed our votive candle in the bag.  We lit the candles, and what a sight!  Adorable, and we can use them year after year, if they don't get too weathered.

Thank you for joining us on Ziggy's adventures.  From our family to yours, we hope that your holiday celebration is special, and nobody walks away shaking their head!  Peace on Earth to all!
As always, where will Ziggy's paw print be next? 



  1. So cool! My momma used to make these when she was little
    Dachshund Nola

  2. What an awesome idea. I bet they looked great!

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  5. This is my first time here. I just came over because you are mentioned on Basset Momma. Nice blog and I enjoyed the adventure. Hope you like kitties because I am going to follow you now.

    pawhugs, Max

  6. Hi Y'all,

    Sounds like a fun project! And romantic too.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog