A Mexican Christmas Tree
Although I’m not a Mexican citizen, I’ve lived in Mexico for 14 years and I do have permanent residency. My tree, however, is influenced by a number of places I’ve lived and traveled.
The tree and most of the ornaments were handmade in Mexico––either by artisans or myself.
The straw ornaments including the woven garland were made in Mexico–in Tzintzuntzan or elsewhere, as were the miniature pinata ornaments such as the purple one that is front and center in this picture. The tiny silk animals and children, I bought in Hong Kong and Taiwan in 1968. The knitted children and animals I bought in mainland China in 1979.
I made the copper disk and rectangle ornaments and bought the silver-colored eagle and other pressed-aluminum ornaments in the Santa Cruz flea market.
I made flowers such as the one shown above out of egg cartons.
Merry Christmas! I hope to show other aspects of a Mexican Christmas in later posts. For other Christmas trees around the world, visit the URL below: