Christmas Eve in El Centro

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December 25th 2018
Published: December 25th 2018
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Christmas Eve in Mexico City is quiet. Most restaurants close early so that families can gather to celebrate. Our favorite bar Pata Negra stays open until 3:00 AM so we went there for tapas and drinks. The music is loud and the drinks are strong and the food is good so who could ask for more. After that we walked to the Cathedral for Mass. A charming octogenarian with a pony tail met us at the door and gave us a tour which included much information about the history of the Cathedral and its construction and art. As I listened to how it was construced and he showed us dates on art work I realized how young our country is in relation to Mexico. The building was constructed by natives who were forced by the Spanish to become Christians. They got the last laugh because two of the most beautiful statues are to the Lord of the Cocoa Bean and to the Lord of Corn. Marco quietly told us that two hundred pesos would be a proper tip. Good for Marco we both thought. HUstling to the end. The Mass is full of drama. Lots of incense, songs, chants, reading, prayers, bells, and the unveiling of the Baby Jesus. True to Latin Culture, many people come to mass carrying a Baby Jesus in a small basket or in their arms. It is interesting to watch them rock and comfort these dolls during the service. The part I love is the sharing of the peace at the end. Troy and I are so obviously different that everyone seems to make sure that we feel welcome. After the service we slip out to the Zocolo for another look at the bright decorations and the luminarias that are lined along the top of some of the buildings. In the morning the city will go back to business and we will go to Taxco.


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