Christmas is indeed coming to Chapala, albeit in a muted, be calm and carry on manner. The usual raucous parade was cancelled–alas, it was one of the highlights of the year and the entire town turned out for it. Guess that’s why it was cancelled (pretty sharp I am!).
Yet people are finding ways to express the festive sense of the season despite the covid precautions.
Last night I walked down to el centro around 8PM. It had been dark for a half-hour or so.
On my way I noticed a few homes where ambitious residents had expressed their holiday spirit.
Earlier yesterday I noted that the city was putting up Christmas decoration in the median/park that splits the main avenue leading directly to the malecon with the central church on one side and a refurbished hotel that is now city hall on the other.
Each year it’s been festooned for the holidays. Resourcefully, the city uses the same basic decorations, a nativity scene with life-sized statuary as well as lots of lights. And each year they’re in a different arrangement. Lovely. You can see Christmas 2018 pics here and Christmas 2019 pics here.
Lots of folks were out last night to see the newly-lit decorations. Everyone was respectful and it appeared that everyone was enjoying themselves. Yeah!
This year I spotted two new additions, or at least I think they are new. First, a piñata-style star above the main fountain in el centro.
Second, the orange globes decorating the sidewalk above city hall.
The nativity scene this year was separated into sections rather than being one large display.
Finally, one of the very tall trees in el centro appeared like this:
So take a cue from the locals here. Enjoy life despite the gloomy news. We’ve got a lot to be thankful for in spite of everything.
I wish you and yours a most happy Christmas and joyous holiday season.