For the past week we’ve been noticing people all over town working to tidy and fix up their homes. People are weeding their gardens, painting their gates and washing their courtyards. Many painters are busy repainting houses. This is in addition to the placing of Christmas lights and decorations. Snowmen and Santas seem to be the favourites.
We asked Cintia, a young woman whom we met today about this. She says that many Mexicans get bonuses at this time of year so they have the money to do a little fix-up to their homes in time for La Navidad.
Not to be outdone, we’ve spent a couple of days fixing up our back patio. We visited a plant nursery the other day to see how much it would cost to buy a few plants to fill in some of the blank walls outside. It turns out that plants are quite inexpensive. We bought $36 worth the other day and then yesterday we went back for more. Now we’ve bought palms, bougainvillea, and many other tropical plants that I don’t know the names of. In all we’ve spent just under $100 on plants, pots, and soil, and the results are astounding.
plain Jane patio is now a delightful garden space. Or it will be when I finish planting. This is our Christmas splurge, instead of a Christmas tree or presents. And it’s something that we’ll enjoy every day from now until the end of March. When we leave we can give the plants away so they’ll continue to be enjoyed.
We also have some lovely Poinsettias in white painted buckets in our front courtyard—a welcome look along with our mini-lights in the front window.
It doesn’t feel that much like Christmas here (in spite of the canned Christmas music in Soriana) but we’re doing our part to prepare. Today we go to the airport to pick up Jamie, who will be with us for nine days. It will be so wonderful to be able to spend some fun and relaxing times together.