Xmas in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
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Trip End Dec 31, 2015


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

 



The Xmas Carole singing in San Miguel's central plaza, the Jardin,
turned out to be more fun than I thought that it would be....
More people showed up than I expected - I think that there may have been
 as many as 50 people there. Apparently it is an annual event that they do every year...
The way the invitation to the Xmas party that evening had read - it sounded to me
like it was just something that the person giving the Xmas party had just thought up
- but no - it is something that they have been doing annually for years...
We had a great and inspiring Xmas Carole singing leader....
Xmas Carole's that I liked singing were:
Rudolf, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Jingle Bells
The 12 Days of Xmas
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Amazingly - after all of these years - the words to those songs came back to me.....
We did have song sheets.....
The more religious types of Xmas Carole's were not really my cup of tea....
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Other English speaking people that just happened to be in the Jardin joined in....





There is a certain crowd emotionalism involved in these types of situations that can be contagious...
In general, I hate sports - but occasionally I get drag against my will, into going to some sport's .
event.. And often I find the sports crowd enthusiasm and emotions contagious. And it is one of the very few situations where it is socially acceptable for grown men to yell and scream at the top of their lungs.....which I take advantage of sometimes.......




Everyday that I am in San Miguel I am learning something new....
The Jardin is the plaza where the English speaking people tend to hang out...
and many of the events there tend to be directed at and/or for the English speaking people ....
Actually, I already sort of knew that...
But what I didn't really know was that
about 3 blocks away is another plaza - the San Francisco Plaza - which is much more Mexican in its nature and where the more Mexican types of events take place and where more of the Mexicans tend to hang out. It is associated with (next to) the San Francisco Church...another huge, massive Roman Catholic Church....



As I have already mentioned - I have not seen any Santa Clauses in San Miguel.
The Xmas celebrations seem to have a more religious theme - with pictures and statues of the Virgin Mary, the Virgin of Guadalupe, the baby Jesus and nativity scenes...
There was a nativity scene setup in the center of the Jardin which included about 10 or 15 live goats and sheep....  Apparently one year, one of the goats ate the baby Jesus..People wondered if there might be some significance to that event - my take on it was that it had some very deep, profound significance - signifying the end of our civilization and humanity - that the end times was coming....and that the goat was probably an agent of Satan - the dark master from the depths of Hell - but that was just my own personal opinion..... an evil omen of dark times ahead....




I have also noticed that they are playing English Xmas Carole's in the restaurants
and in the large grocery supermarkets.. Makes me wonder if they are doing this all over Mexico, even where there isn't any English speaking people... Maybe they just like the sound of the singing, without understanding the words...Occasionally there is, or at least there use to be a hit song in a foreign language (non English), where you did not understand the words, but just liked the sound of the singing... eg. "Morgan" (I think it was German for tomorrow)  or "Manana" (which means tomorrow in Spanish) - same word in two different languages - which seemed to have a different meaning in the two different languages....interesting..

Note: there isn't any Easter Bunnies around in San Miguel at Easter time either...





I was at a Xmas Party on Xmas day (Dec. 25/Tue) that was really great...
Lots of great food - lots of turkey.
And entertainment put on by the people at the party, including me, in what was called a "NO Talent" show....I played the part of a, believe it or not, "FLEA" to illustrate a poem that was being read by another David...The loud applause that I received from the audience indicated that they were very impressed by my acting abilities as a "FLEA" - which was a very challenging role to play....words cannot describe my performance, so I will not try to do it....





Another entertainment performance I was involved in - was singing a song "Xmas in San Miguel" which involved us waving around signs with letters on them spelling out "Merry Xmas"....You had to be there to really appreciate the performance that we put on....Perhaps my friend, Jim Dimon, from Toronto, who is a show business Impresario, could have helped out to give the performance a more polished, professional look with the choreography.....  . ..





That is the last of the Xmas parties - and it is a good thing - because I am starting to get sick and tired of going to Xmas parties - of course I didn't actually have to go to them - but I did go to them.
There is one last party on January 01/Tuesday afternoon that I am going, a New Year's Day party - not a New Year's Eve party... I am planning on going to a Bull Fight New Year's Eve....but that is not a Party - there is no socializing involved.... 










Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad
Viva La Mexico
Viva La San Miguel
Mexico Dave
From South of the Border










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