Click to enlargeFeliz Navidad!

We once lived in Mexico City. Christmas in Mexico is magical! I specially loved the famous Pastorela of Tepotzotlan. In this traditional celebration, the entire village seemed to participate in an old-fashioned morality play, set in the courtyard of Tepotzotlan's Colonial Convent.

A band of peasants, led by the intrepid Goddess matriarch, Lola, sets off in search of the new-born baby, Jesus. Along the way, they are challenged by devils who try to divert them by dangling various temptations before them. However, guarded by sword-wielding angels, and spurred on by the formidable Lola, they finally reach their goal.

Kneeling, they present the Holy Family with gifts of chicken, tequila, goats, and tortillas. The old church courtyard rocks with mariachi music. The audience sings as lustily as the actors. Tequila flows. What a joyous celebration!

In Feliz Navidad, I've painted the main characters in the pageant. Inside the card, Baby Jesus is shown as a tiny Mexican boy playing with his puppy. His crown is missing a few stars. But with a face like that, who cares? Feliz Navidad! Y un Prospero Ano Nuevo.

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