Wednesday, December 22, 2021

"Christmas" Lunch at La Posta Restaurant

I have been wanting to see inside the "famous" La Posta restaurant next door in the tiny village of Mesilla since they decorated for Christmas. They decorate in a big way for Christmas, and have many themed rooms inside the 1840s adobe building that once served as a stagecoach stop. So that was my Christmas present to myself!

The food was secondary to the setting! We were very lucky and were seated in a prime spot for seeing into some of the other areas, including a room with lava-rock walls. 

But first Santa welcomed us in. 

Santa at La Posta restaurant

And he whispered that we shouldn't be afraid of Pepe, the resident piranha, because he's just a little toothless viejo (old man) now!

Pepe, the resident piranha of La Posta restaurant

There was so much to see that I lagged a bit and was slowing down the staff. So I had to hurry and get seated. I was trying to get a good photo of a colorful Nativity scene.

Mexican wood cutout nativity scene las cruces

It's a very popular place, especially at Christmas, when many people bring their out-of-town friends for a meal. The food is not very spicy, so non-New Mexicans can enjoy it, too. 

The old vinyl tablecloths are so bright and pretty. Each table has a different cloth.

There was what I call a "títere tree" there ("TEE-tah-rah") -- a tree with many vintage "títeres" (puppets) on it, along with sombreros and woven garlands. Very bright and cheerful but I just noticed that Pancho Villa has a gun in his wee hand...

The food came very quickly. My husband ate better than I have seen him eat in several months! That was a blessing! My food was lousy, and I am glad, because it was all off-limits items for diabetics except for some vinegar slaw.

Mexican flag metal wall sconce Las Cruces

I was just on Cloud Nine the whole time. So many strange and pretty sights! I love decorations.

We must find happiness where we can. Sometimes we have to look a bit harder for it, too. But even in the midst of troubles or sadness, we can find some peace and joy. And most of all, we can have hope! What a gift God has given us, to put hope in the human heart!

I know most of my bloggie frens are having lovely times with family right now, and I am so glad for each of you! I do not mean to bring anyone down during happy holiday times. I think most are not even on the blogs right now, as they are active with their loved ones. Good!

But for those like me who may not have any loving family left, or who have seen friends dwindle away as the years have passed, or who have tribulations or health problems themselves or worse, their loved ones do, please know that I understand, am there with you, and am praying each day for happiness and peace in the world! And don't forget, whatever your religion or non-religion -- the angels and Saints are all around you! The veil is very thin during this time of year! Christmas magic is real, it is a glimpse from Heaven, in my opinion, and I hope it puts heart into you. There is always next year, too! 

Kind regards,

Holly, The Olde Dame


  1. Thanks for sharing a beautiful time at the popular restaurant. I want to wish you a Peace filled Christmas and Hope for the future.

    Hugs, Julia

  2. What a festive and fun restaurant to eat at, Holly. I like that tree with all the puppets. Sorry your food wasn't as good as expected. Mexican food is a favorite of mine, and I just went for a Christmas lunch with my son and brother-in-law at a place up here that I've been wanting to try. It was pretty good, but nothing is better than the place we went to when I was back home for Christmas a couple weeks ago. People come from all over to enjoy their Mexican food. That wooden angel at the restaurant is so pretty. The nativity scene is colorful and special, and Santa greeting people at the door is always a wonderful sight.

    Merry Christmas to you, dear Holly. I am blessed to have found such a treasure in blog land.

    Sending Christmas love,


  3. I pray that you will have a very beautiful Christmas day...May God bless you with little blessings that brighten your day and bring a smile to your face and heart. May Jesus smile at you from His manger bed and remind you that He came here because He loves you very very much. And also that even though we may not be near by, we friends are just as close as this blog page, and sooner or later we will click on your link and enjoy the beautiful pictures and stories and delightful things you share with us. I always look forward to your posts, even if I am a little late in getting there. Yes, it is a busy time of year for all of us, but yet, our friends both near and far are very important to us and even though we are not close together, we can be together in our hearts! Merry Christmas my friend. Remember, Emmanuel, "God with us". We are NEVER alone!!

  4. We will be visiting with family there next week and we will probably eat at La Posta once. Our nieces love it there! Merry Christmas!

  5. Christmas Magic is indeed real Holly! Bob and I will be staying home for Christmas this year. I will make a few appetizers and we will have a few margaritas too! Loved reading about the decor in that restaurant. How fun! Too bad your food was lousy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your husband! Janice

  6. What a lovey restaurant to share with us.

  7. What a lovely gift to give yourself. That restaurant it so colourful and attractive.
    Merry Christmas, dear friend. I hope and pray that the New Year will bring health and joy to you.

  8. WOW.. what a restaurant.
    Merry Christmas my blog friend. I do enjoy your posts. Sending Christmas love from Wisconsin.

  9. It sounds like a great tourist trap and I am sure you had as much fun as I would have had. Of course, I would have taken about 90 photos, but I sure enjoyed yours.

    It was good to see that your husband ate well for a change, but I was sorry to read your meal was lousy. Thanks for taking us with you to this really colorful restaurant.

    Have a safe, healthy, creative, and joyous Christmas, dear Holly.

  10. What a fun place to have lunch. So much to see. Sorry your food was lousy ;-( The last picture of the angel is amazing. So beautiful.
    May you find happiness and peace this Christmas season. I know with your strong faith you will. So sorry you will be not be sharing with family.
    Merry Christmas, mi amiga.

  11. Feliz Navidad mi amiga tan especial. I believe you and I are likely spending this glorious holiday similarly. No celebrations here, but I have a little Christmas light still glowing in my heart. I especially like your theory about the veil between heaven and earth being thinner at Christmas. I have always believed the veil between this world and the spirit world is thinner at Halloween, but have never thought about Christmas that way. That restaurant looks so very colorful. Funny, it seems when I love the "atmosphere" of a place, I think I convince myself I love the food too LOL. That angel...oh that glorious my favorite takeaway. Christmas Blessings & Hugs ~Robin~

  12. I love your photos! I am originally from San Antonio, Texas but now life in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These photos remind me of San Antonio so much! I think I miss “home” more at Christmas than any other time. Your photos just gave me a little bit of my childhood in my home!


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