I'm indulging myself.
Let me preface by saying we spent many of our Christmas holidays in Mexico. My grandmother and my Dad's younger siblings lived there from the mid 1940's to the late 1960's. 30 years as legal residents of Mexico and they had two places to live. One was a very modern apartment in Mexico City and the other a wonderful rustic old villa in Tequisquiapan.
|Aunt Rae in the courtyard Tequis....after college|
|One side of the courtyard|
|1960 Family in Acapulco.|
Acapulco was a favorite spot. At that time it was a resort town for the Mexican elite society and especially the favorite of the college students. As kids, my brother and I loved it. Warm sands, surf and we were able to be pretty much on our own, running up and down the beach and body surfing. There were no 'helicopter' parents in those days.
Some photos from that time. My brother being a butt and refusing to smile because he didn't want to have a photo taken. Ahhhhh. family memories...lol.
Aunt Rae being very "glam" on the beach in front of our hotel. That's my grandmother in the back. Uncle Owen, being a studly high school senior.
(AAARGH I give up...blogger will not let me position the photos on the page how I want or let me resize them!!. )
|Rae.... College age|
|Uncle Owen...high school|
But, all this digression leads me to to the most awesome Christmas display ever. Even though we were not immersed in Santa and Rudolph, I believe we got a better understanding of what Christmas is all about. The Christ Child. Baby Jesus. (description of the display after the jump)
In the lobby of the hotel we were staying, they had a large diorama (I think that is the term) or display. It was a low platform about 5 feet square, with dirt mounding to a hill in the middle of the space. On top of the hill was the stable. There were little trees and bushes. Rocks and paths wandering through the landsape. Tiny sheep, cattle, horses, chickens, pigs scattered about. Small people doing activities. In the stable were Mary and Joseph and way off in one corner on the path were the Three Wisemen. There was a beautiful crystal star hanging over the stable. It was very detailed and very cool. It was also fenced off to keep us kiddies from messing with the diorama or playing with the figurines.
Christmas was here!. Then we opened our presents. Went to church and later a brunch back at the hotel, because we had fasted for communion. THEN......off to the beach to swim and surf.
The traditional Christmas swiming and surfing and Margaritias for the adults.
My Christmas memories.