Mexican life

Flowers and giants

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WALKING AROUND a corner yesterday, I paused to take this photo. This is the intersection of two of the streets that have been renovated here over the past couple of years, street renovation that included the rectangle around the main plaza, work that is on the verge of being completed.

After gussying up the streets and sidewalks, huge planters have been placed in some areas. Some of them have been broken by vandals, but most are intact, often with bougainvilleas like this one.

Bougainvilleas are not fond of living in planters, so we’ll see how it plays out over the long haul. This one seems happy enough.

Later yesterday, I shot the photo below. Our main plaza is full of Yule decorations, huge ones. These figures are likely ten feet tall.

The plaza has lots of such stuff. Elephants, camels, sheep and other beasts and characters, all larger than life. It’s a major tourist attraction. I don’t know what the figures below have to do with Christmas, but it doesn’t matter. They are impressive.

Santa’s trek is just days away and, about two weeks later, the Three Kings come calling and leave gifts for our Mexican kids. Santa ignores Mexican kids, but the Three Kings do not, which is why we love them so.

Their names are Gaspar, Balthazar and Melchior, and they are reputed to be very Wise Men.

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14 thoughts on “Flowers and giants

  1. Felipe: From watching Coronation Street, I have learned that the names of the three kings were only reputed to be the ones you listed, but in the Bible, they were just the three kings, never named.

    Roy Cropper is one of the wisest men ever.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Kris: Believe what you want, but Mexican kids know full well that those guys are named Gaspar, Balthazar and Melchior. Just ask them.

      But what you say is interesting. I don’t know the history of the names, but I believe you. Wonder where those names came from?

      I had to look up Coronation Street. Never heard of it, but now I know. It’s not available on Mexican Netflix.

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  2. It’s one of the longest running soaps. Most of the characters have been married several times, mostly to each other. You can miss it for a year and catch up in one show.

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  3. If I were to waste my time on some British television, it would be “Peep Show.” It ran for about twelve years, and it was hilarious.

    You Tube has some of the episodes.

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  4. Interesting custom of the “Three Kings” and the giving of gifts.

    I believe the Mexican youngsters have it right, biblically speaking.

    There are two accounts of the Nativity. One is in the book of Luke (most often read and quoted as the Gospel according to the United States, largely influenced by that great theologian Charles Shultz in “A Charlie Brown Christmas” ). The other is in the book of Matthew, which tells the story of three “Wise-men” from the East who see a star that foretells the birth of the King of Israel. The three went to the current king (Herod) to make inquiries. Herod was not thrilled. He consulted his own wise men who informed him that there was a prophesy concerning such a king, who was to be born in Bethlehem. Herod sent his soldiers to kill all males “two years old and younger” in Bethlehem.

    There is an obvious time-lag.

    Bravo, Mexico.

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  5. Ray — There is another Mexican connection with your Magi tale. Latin America celebrates Herod’s infanticide as the Day of the Innocents on 28 December. Oddly enough, it has morphed into a Latin April Fool’s Day. And, not so odd, it is one of my favorite essay days.

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    1. M&C: I’m not a fan either, so we are of one mind. My favorite day of the year when I lived above the Rio Bravo was Jan. 1, when all the hoopla had finally blown over. Down here, however, I have to wait till Three Kings Day, Jan. 6.

      And then life returns to normal, or at least what passes for normal in this Mexican world that I always equate to living in Alice’s Wonderland.

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