There was a scramble around San Miguel this year while people looked for cut Christmas trees to put up for Christmas. In the last few years, La Comer, a huge grocery store owned by Soriana had had trees, but, alas not REAL ones this year.
It brought back the memory of my first year here when I could not only not find a tree, but not even a bough of pine to use for decorating. Christmas trees in homes was not traditional, only the Nativity was decorated and displayed.
The ex-pats who have moved in want a tree as I did my first year. I now use a little faux tree purchased at Walgreen's twenty years ago. It is just big enough to carry easily and to display the precious ornaments sent by family or made by the children over the years. No lights or tinsel. I have not seen tinsel since I left the USA.
My son, John and the children, were among those who spent the better part of a day not only going to the grocery stores but also to the nurseries to see if they could find a tree. Nada. Bodega Aurrerea had faux ones and that is what they got and they put up.