Christmas with a bang
Mexicans are crazy about their fireworks and it seems that Christmas is the season to blast them! We have been very thankful this month that we live 4km outside of town, have mostly been spared from the noise of the daily fireworks display that has taken place nearly every day/night (10pm, 2am, 5am, 7am, noon, 2pm, etc). However, we have had the excitement of being able to go see a few of the larger shows.
Now Mexican fireworks are nothing like our Canadian ones. These ones are the homemade kind that blast not only up into the air, but often go whizzing out through out the crowd. It sure makes for an adrenaline rush – and a crowd that moves very quickly. Since we do want to bring our eyes back to canada with us, we hid behind a post with the kids and just kept peaking around to see the fireworks.
Despite the ringing in the ears from a month of banging, Chirstmas here is actually a much calmer event than in Canada/USA. It is much more religious than commercial and there isn’t the same craziness or hyper energy that seems to come around the holidays at home. The mexican Christmas is more about the family time, food and tradition than the gifts, and wow – this attitude has been wonderful to experience.
We had no problems adopting the same philosophy this year and let the holidays peacefully approach. The kids made a Christmas tree out of wrapping paper and taped it to the wall so Santa would know where to leave the presents. And although Santa did find them, we did our best to keep the gifts to a minimum and enjoyed a quiet day together at the beach house.
A Merry Christmas to all our friends and family!