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Chapel of the Holy Cross – Sedona, AZ. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:11 KJV

Dec 25 Church of the Holy Cross Sedona-8008120

The chapel was inspired and commissioned by local rancher and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who had been inspired in 1932 by the newly constructed Empire State Building to build such a church. After an attempt to do so in Budapest, Hungary (with the help of Lloyd Wright, son of noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright) was aborted due to the outbreak of World War II, she decided to build the church in her native region.

Richard Hein was chosen as project architect, and the design was executed by architect August K. Strotz, both from the firm of Anshen & Allen. The chapel is built on Coconino National Forest land; the late Senator Barry Goldwater assisted Staude in obtaining a special-use permit. The construction supervisor was Fred Courkos, who built the chapel in 18 months at a cost of US$300,000. The chapel was completed in 1956.

The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In the sculptor’s words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men (and women) and be a living reality.”

In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona, and it is also the site of one of the so-called Sedona vortices.

Hotel Del Coronado – (also known as The Del and Hotel Del) is a historic beachfront hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the few surviving examples of an American architectural genre: the wooden Victorian beach resort. It is the second largest wooden structure in the United States (after the Tillamook Air Museum in Tillamook, Oregon) and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977 and a California Historical Landmark in 1970.

Dec 24 Del Coronado-8008207

We were so fortunate to attend “An American Christmas” put on by the Lambs Players two years ago at the Del.  We returned this year to attend once again and even though the event has moved to the US Grant Hotel it is so much fun to stay on Coronado.  Step inside the gorgeous US Grant Hotel and you are back in 1912 for a memorable Christmas feast and celebration! This remarkable 3-hour evening is filled with music, dance, story, song and laughter, all woven throughout a delectable 5-course holiday meal.
Your hosts are the Marshall family who love to celebrate the Season each year. Twenty seven multi-talented performers sweep you up in a festive party that will be the pinnacle of your holidays!

“Jesus, the Light of the World, as we celebrate your birth… may we begin to see the world in the light of understanding you give us. As you chose the lowly, the outcasts, and the poor to receive the greatest news the world had ever known, so may we worship you in meekness of heart. May we also remember our brothers and sisters less fortunate than ourselves in this season of giving. Amen.” Karen L. Oberst

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