Christmas decorations going up at the mall! What a shock.........Probably the same thing that is happening in the USA.
The reason it is a surprise and shocking is that (a) we have a mall and (b) we have traditional decorations going up.
Here's the story.
Eleven years ago you couldn't find a Christmas tree anywhere around here. The only Christmas decorations, per se, were poinsettas (which grow naturally in this clime) planted in the jardin. I think there were a couple of wreaths - not much.
I remember it vividly because I wanted to decorate my house with all the "stuff" that I had accumulated over all the holidays and my PARENTS had accumulated too. Greenery was needed to complete this task. I searched all over the place. None was to be found. Pines don't grow in this area. At least not anywhere that I know or could find.
In my search I discovered, at the time, that Christmas in Mexico, at least in San Miguel, was all about the Baby Jesus. The mercados were full of moss and ferns and green stuff to decorate the manger for the coming of Jesus. All kinds of manger animals and angels were there to buy also. But, alas, no greenery.
So, I didn't have the fragrance of evergreen. I cut branches off the eucalyptus trees adjacent to the property and had that fragrance. Not exactly the same, but one uses what one has.
Fast forward to today. Trees everywhere to be purchased. There is a Soriana grocery store at the mall on the outskirts of town. Also a Mega at another intersection that will have trees and decorations. In fact when I walked into Mega yesterday there were boxes of Christmas ornaments stacked ten feet high! There is a village two hours south of here that is the Christmas ornament capital of Mexico. The whole village does this year round.
And now, decorations.
I'll be heading to Texas next week for the Holidays. I'll be inundated with decorations, music, food and good cheer. I'm looking forward to it - all except the massive merchandising of "stuff" to buy.
Thankfully, that, as yet, has not become a tradition in Mexico. Three Kings Day is THE day for the children. It is not as gift focused as the USA. Christmas is all about the birth of Christ.