Christmas at the Dana Adobe
Docent Sheila Mangione, right, reads “The Night of Los Posadas” during “Christmas at the Dana Adobe” on Sunday in Nipomo.//Ian Gonzaga/Staff

Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos hosted its annual open house, “Christmas at the Dana Adobe,” at the historical home of Nipomo founder Capt. William G. Dana on Sunday.

Each year, the open house re-creates an 1850s California Christmas with the trimmings, refreshments, and activities that would have been a part of holiday celebrations during the rancho era.

“It’s a unique experience to see the adobe trimmed with pine boughs and ribbons, to join in singing traditional songs, and to watch children engaging in games and activities from times past,” said Dynia Valdovinos, program director for DANA.

A highlight of the event was the Nacimiento table, a traditional representation of village life, with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus at its center.

In many Latin American countries, the table is an addition to the Christmas tree. It features figurines of many types to reflect the family’s daily life experiences.

This year’s open house also featured a drawing for two Josefina Montoya American Girl dolls.

Each doll was dressed in a traditional Alta California camisa with a skirt, moccasins, hair ribbon, earrings and flowers and came with a “Meet Josefina” book.

Each one also came with three additional original outfits that were researched, designed and sewn by Jackie Walls.

The Dana Adobe is at 671 S. Oakglen Ave. For more information about the historic site and upcoming events, call 929-5679 or visit

December 14, 2009


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