Though I am not one who is excited about decorating a tree and putting up lights for Christmas and though it is warm here (spring or summer weather), I have a tiny pre-decorated tree and this Kleenex box that is a fireplace with stockings hung by the chimney with care.

Tonight, the warm evening air is punctuated with Christmas songs in English and in Spanish. And, from what I hear, during the ten days before Christmas (in other words, starting tomorrow) there will be even more nativities, trees (mostly artificial), and other decorations put up around the city.

Oaxaca’s traditions for Christmas — and throughout the year — emphasize the importance of people (Family, friends, and community) rather than things, of music and dance on the plaza rather than a ticket to a fancy show, of gifts that are homemade or heartmade… “Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.”

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