The trees were as ugly as all get out,
But I didn't mind coming home with two gaudy miniature fake trees in my arms because I got to meet several moms for the first time, and we had some really good conversation!
We talked about Mexican Christmas traditions; We talked a lot about the posadas - - Mexican Christmas parties in which the the guests reenact Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem: there is singing and and eating and pinatas, and at some point everyone sings a lullaby to a doll representing baby Jesus.
I'm particularly interested in understanding posadas; they seem to be one of the prominent elements of Christmas celebration here; we go to our first posada this weekend . . . I'll let you know how it goes!
Also . . . it should be documented that yesterday I overheard Josu saying to Malachai:
"what if I was in heaven, and I saw Jesus. I would probably fall over because he is so beautiful!"
True, Josu; he is beautiful;
so, so beautiful.