The holiday season is magical in Mexico. It’s one of my most favorite times of the year in Puerto Vallarta. People returning to town to see their families and friends, preparations under way for the big Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve dinners, decorations and holiday music. We may not have snow but we do have the holiday spirit.
I’m looking forward to spending time with my friends, relaxing at home and cooking turkeys, standard Christmas stuff! Most of my coworkers and clients are taking time off during these two weeks to celebrate the holidays, which I think is a wonderful and important tradition.
People often groan at the thought of an entire country shutting down for two or three weeks. I admit I used to be among those that thought the practice old-fashioned and inefficient. But seeing the happiness of everyone together taking precedence over some large corporate transaction or big real estate deal has changed my opinion. I think here in Mexico we have put our priorities in order and for that I am grateful. I have spent Christmas in Puerto Vallarta every year since I moved here and I would not miss it for the world.
As we begin a new year, I would encourage everyone to keep those less fortunate in your thoughts. Considering recent events all around the world I think the coming year is going to bring challenges that are new to this generation. Terrorism, civil war and reactionary thinking are just a few of those challenges. I truly hope we are up to the task. Right now I consider myself extremely blessed to be living in Mexico and if the wall is built, well, I am staying on this side.
To all of our Expats In Mexico readers, Feliz Navidad y Prospero Año Nuevo!