XxRandom Xmas Pictures - Pinata Pictures

Trip Start Dec 04, 2012
Trip End Dec 31, 2016

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Flag of Mexico  , Central Mexico and Gulf Coast,
Friday, January 3, 2014

Mis Estimados Compadres,
Amigos y Compaņeros.

Some mornings I walk out of my bedroom and onto my terrace in my pajamas and into the sun and look around and think - what would it be like to be in Canada right now.... Then I get a really big smile..

Pictures of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico in the following link -
 The first picture of the city of San Miguel (not the boots)
 is an approximate view of San Miguel from my terrace (sort of)...

A list of the 10 most dangerous things in San Miguel de Allende (and I am not one of them):
I had a really busy December 31 and January 01 - on December 31 I had a New Year's Luncheon with a bunch of people that I know - then I went to the New Year's bull fight at 5:00pm (it was a good one) -  then I was at a  New Year's diner at someone's place at 8:00pm ( the most boring event that I have been to in years, I fell asleep several times and my falling asleep seemed to be the main topic of the conversations)..Then about 10:30pm I left and went to another New Year`s party that I had been invited to - a party where I could yell and shout and scream and holler - it was great - everyone was drunk... We watched the downtown fireworks from the rooftop terrace - and I yelled the loudest and hardest ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhh`s, and aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhh`s whenever a particularly spectacular set of fireworks went off... and I was not drunk.
On January 01, there was a New Year`s Day party, 
and I think it was the best one of the Xmas season holidays
 - although it is difficult to make comparisons...
Now my life in San Miguel will slow down and quiet down - THANK GOD!!!!
 - I do not think that I could have kept up the pace of the Xmas/New Year`s holiday
 much longer...   
I was at a hacienda outside of San Miguel for a Xmas day luncheon - la comida,,,,
In Mexico - Xmas is a religious holiday - no Santa Claus's - everything has a religious significance..
The owner of the hacienda put out a piņata for the neighbourhood kids while we were there.
The piņata is filled with candies. And the piņata represents the devil, Satan, evil and sin.
The idea is to keep hitting the piņata (Satan, the devil, sin, evil) until it breaks
and the candies fall out, which are a reward for virtue..
The kids lined up for their turn to hit the devil (the piņata), with the smallest kids first, and the biggest kids last - there were about 20 kids. The piņata is hanging from a rope between two trees and a man behind a tree (you can see him in one of the pictures) lowers or raises the piņata depending on the size of the kid and what the man feels like doing....
The kids standing in line sing a song (it is more like a chant) "hit the devil, hit the devil again, hit the devil harder, hit the Deviil again and harder"..it is in Spanish and that is sort of the gist of what the chant is all about... In some of the pictures you will see the kids looking back behind them, they are looking back to the kids in the line-up for their approval and encouragement.. This piņata was so packed with candies and so well constructed that it was very difficult to break - showing how strong and tough the Devil can be sometime... So the kids had a really hard time breaking the piņata. I was tempted to show and teach the kids a few little street smarts by getting a butcher knife and stabbing the piņata a few times - a few violent thrust with the knife into the piņata, would have shown them how to deal with the Devil or anyone else that was causing them problem - that is how you deal with problems - you eliminate them... It would have shown them not all Gringo`s are patsies and daisies - that some Gringo`s are real men - But they may already know that if they have seen the Clint Eastwood Western Movies - the Mexicans do not have a chance or a prayer when they come up against Clint Eastwood in those movies....
The kids get their Xmas presents on January 6/The Epiphany/The Day of The Three Kings/The Three Wise Men to us Anglo's  - from the 3 kings, not Santa Claus... After January 01 and to January 06 you see people dressed up like the Three Kings - this is their version of Santa Claus.
The Three Kings brought presents for the baby Jesus, now they bring presents for all of the kids in remembrance of the presents that they bought to the baby Jesus...
On the evening of January 06, 100's of families with their little kids gather on the Principal Plaza, the Jardin, tie notes to balloons telling the 3 Kings what presents that they would like to get, and they all release their balloons at the same time - so 100's of balloons go up into the sky, with the notes telling the 3 Kings what presents that they would like to get...
North American ideas are slowly creeping in - there are some Xmas trees now..

If you go to the bottom of this page, you can click on the slideshow, and see the pictures as a slideshow - sometimes it works and sometimes it does not work,, Double clicking on the pictures increases the size of the pictures... ..

 Viva La Mexico
Adios Mis Compadres, Mis Amigos y Compaņeros.
Senor Mexico Dave

Viva La Mexico
Adios Mis Compadres, Mis Amigos y Compaņeros.
Senor Mexico Dave

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