December 2009 in Revue Magazine

Tradiciones al rojo vivo (photo by Ricardo Gándara)

Tradiciones al rojo vivo (photo by Ricardo Gándara)

We are excited to bring you this Christmas potpourri starting with the cover image taken by photographer Ricardo Gándara. We hope our annual Guatemala Holiday Calendar is useful; Joy Houston extends an invite to tour nacimientos; Elizabeth Bell highlights Festivities in Ciudad Vieja, accompanied with photos by Gary Kaney; there is also a host of other holiday photo ops taken by additional talented photographers; Charlie Brown in Santiago was penned by humorist Dwight Wayne Coop and Ken Veronda’s monthly “Sensuous Guatemala” is the delicious Holiday Scents.

In keeping with December traditions, DateBook includes a Christmas bazaar; a theatrical performance of How the Grinch Stole Christmas; listings for Quema del Diablo (Burn the Devil), celebrations and parades to honor the Virgen de Concepción; Christmas concerts, an opportunity to be a part of a Posada Navideña; and Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe celebrations. In addition there are art shows, lectures, musical events, workshops and much, much more.

For book lovers we have “Book Alerts;” “People and Projects” presents Thirteen Threads; and Anthony Brindisi gives us some holiday gift buying possibilities—all handmade by the women of San Rafael Chilascó.

There’s still more, “Great Escapes,” the final in the El Pilar series; “Sports”—and how giving, gives back; “Health Issues” reports on devastating statistics that are offset by dedicated people and their organizations who’ve found some workable solutions.

We dedicate this edition to Dr. John Cheatham, 1940-2009. He leaves the world a better place and forever an example of selflessness and service.

—John & Terry Kovick Biskovich

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