This time two years ago we were purchasing a piñata Christmas tree at a local papelería (stationery store) in the jungle town of San Pancho, Nayarit. This was a first for us no doubt and a true deviation from the traditional American 6-foot Douglas-fir that was so customary for us in the States. We got a good laugh out of our paper mache substitute with its glued on candies and joyfully welcomed it into our home as part of our reinvented lives in Mexico.
My Mom came for a two-week visit and boy were we happy to have the comfort of family with us on this first Christmas away from “home” as we processed and worked through the simultaneous emotions of losses and gains. Mexico was now our country of residence, and having my Mom here during the holiday season helped to make the transition and acclimation into our new digs easier on our kiddos, and therefore me.
2013 found us celebrating in San Pancho again, this time with a Charlie Brown tree and our first ever Christmas without extended family in our home. It was no doubt an adjustment for us all but we kept plenty active and celebrated in style in our own simple way.
Now 2014 and our third Christmas in Mexico, we are spending it in the central highlands of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. The cooler high desert December temperatures have us feeling much more in the holiday mood…something about cold weather and Christmas that just go hand in hand!
The Reds were very clear that they wanted a real Christmas tree this year and a big one at that, so we set out on a mission to find one that fit said description!
Christmas tree lots are not what they are in the States. The viveros (nurseries) might have a small selection of trees, but it is mainly at the large grocery stores—Mega or Soriana—where one can find a live tree. The selection was small, but Irish luck was on our side and we found a beautiful 6-foot Douglas-fir, still fragrant after its long journey to central Mexico.
My Mom will be coming for a visit and we are very much looking forward to this time together and sharing our lives with her here in our central Mexico home—especially during this colorful, festive holiday season where San Miguel de Allende is alive with the magic of all things colonial Mexico!
In our former San Diego world, our tradition was to go for walks on the beach during the Christmas holiday season. Here in central Mexico, we are creating completely different memories…
Our lives are distinctly different inland than they were coastal—colorfully and beautifully so. One not better than the other, just different.
Mexico is alive with color, history, time-honored traditions, family and community connectedness…it is palpable and I am often not without a smile on my face walking around town, exploring and integrating my life, my family, our story, into this one.
And so on this Christmas/Holiday season, I wish you and yours the absolute best…that you live in truth, that you go after your dreams, and that you live a life and leave a legacy you are proud of.
Deja que tu alma cantar…Let your soul sing…If not now, when?
Feliz Navidad, Merry Christmas de Los O’Gradys in Mexico!
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