The Holiday Season In Mexico

So many Christmas decorations are still up.

You’ll remember I spent Christmas and New Year’s with Cynthia in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas and I am now in San Antonio, Lake Chapala, Jalisco with Michi. The Holiday Season rages on. This is a good web page telling about a ton of Christmas traditions in Mexico from December 12 – February 2 with good pictures of food, decorations, etc.

Yesterday we decided to celebrate January 6th, the day when the children in Mexico traditionally get their gifts from the three Magi (because I wanted to see what that cake was like!). There’s a 3 Kings Cake reminiscent of the Mardi Gras King Cake with a baby Jesus baked in. Michi hit the baby on her first cut! We ate a little of the cake and gave the rest away…

Boxes of 3 Kings Cake available in San Cris and the one Michi bought for us here in San Antonio.

So you can get a feel for the size of Lake Chapala in comparison to the very large city of Guadalajara.

That little bit of the shore from Ajijic to Chapala is where most of the US and Canadian ex-pats live, and there are plenty of them.
We are in San Antonio.

I decided to walk to the San Antonio church, the plaza, and then to the lake. Not my best idea considering my twisted ankle. At some point both sidewalks disappeared and I turned back. At least I could oh-so-carefully and oh-so-slowly make it across those driveways.

The central plaza..

..and the church that looks a lot like a California mission.

Decorations and the required water delivery since no one, not even locals, drinks the water.

100s of designs along the way.

In a prior life Michi was a private chef for hoity-toity parties in Aspen and Vail. Now she cooks for her friends. YUM!

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Prep for the meat dish. Yikes!

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