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Entropy Has Us Outnumbered.
December 27th, 2010 by Les

Mark Twain was heard to say: “New Year’s Day…now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

A dog’s New Year’s resolution: I will not chase that stick unless I see it leave his hand!

If entropy has us outnumbered the disorder that exists in my ramblings is on target.  The absurdities of the New Year’s celebration cannot escape a skeptic’s mind.

Consider this:  The Mexicans are said to observe an underwear tradition.  The color of a woman’s panties at midnight helps decide her fate in the New Year.  Now really?!  Yes dear reader if one is wearing red panties they (the panties that is) ensure love.  If the panties are yellow a good job with healthy financial ramifications are ensured.  White panties suggest good health and green panties will bring more money into the household.

Don’t ask me who checks this out or what type of solid proof they have for this tradition.  Me thinks the idea of checking it out might have prompted the underwear tradition.

Skyrockets will be shot off….now there’s a surprise!  We’ve lived in Mexico over a year now and if there is one thing we are certain of… skyrockets are a part of every known, and some unknown, celebrations.  We have also learned that time of day does not matter similar to appointment times not mattering.  Skyrockets fit in good at any time as arriving for an appointment three hours or, for that matter, three days late is part and parcel of living life south of the border.

Another interesting tradition is a trip around the neighborhood carrying your luggage, will bring travel into your life in the New Year.  Or, you might consider tripping on the cobblestones (yes, I’m back to this reference) as the journey they intended…especially for us sure-footed gringos!

Then there’s the grape tradition.  I’m not sure if the color of the grape matters however tradition has it that you should eat a grape for every chime of the clock, leading to the stroke of midnight.  You should also make a wish with each of the 12 grapes eaten – each grape symbolizing the 12 months of the year.

Now back in the States, especially where I come from the former headquarters for Miller Brewing, Miller Beer representatives have always told us: think when you drink, but what they think is that you’ll think when you drink you can still think.  The truth is, when you drink you can’t think.  So before you drink, think…and then don’t drink.  Well, this sentence made sense when I started it!!

There will be a festival with food, drink, music and much merriment in the Ajijic town Plaza.  Much gaiety and fun for the entire family, gringos and expats alike will ensue.  It seems to me a good resolution to consider making is to not drink tequila too close to any of the fire dancers.

I remember one year, obviously in the olden days, when, while watching TV, they took us live to Houston and we bet the rest of the guacamole dip on whether Mickey Gilley would fall of the piano stool.  Again I digress.

Below are photographs David took of the many live Nativity scenes in the Ajijic plaza. Several towns and villages took part in the Christmas Eve show with their own interpretations of that wondrous night.

I leave you with this thought….life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely and in a pristine, well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting: “Holy shit, what a ride!”

Viva Mexico!

Christmas Eve in Ajijic

Beautiful Colors

This is one of my favorites. I just love Mary and Joseph!

Another Beautiful Nativity.

Note the "live" Baby Jesus.

I'm not clear on what the Fender Stratocaster has to do with Christmas Eve.

Baby Jesus sleeping soundly.

Another wonderful scene.

This is a shot of the gazebo Nativity scene with the church tower in the background. The face you see in the foreground is fascinating replication of Mary.

Visit the BoomerstoMexico Photo Store at http://boomerstomexico.com/mexico-photos/ , to see more of the beauty of Ajijic Mexico in David’s photos.  Several of David’s pieces are now exhibiting at the Ajijic Cultural Center and can be seen on the stores website. 


4 Responses  
  • Joe & Jan writes:
    December 28th, 201010:15 amat

    Another wonderful post. Thanks Les & David for a trememdous job.
    We’re with you about the reasoning behind the color of the panties. Kind of like taking someone Snipe Hunting.

  • Joan Riley writes:
    December 27th, 201010:52 pmat

    So here is my Christmas story: the Ukulele Angel is overlooking the Violin couple, Mary on the right (you can tell because her head is covered) and Joseph on the left. The humble instrument at their feet is a sheepherder, (or a sheep because of the cotton fluff) . I love the drums representing the manger and the baby Jesus. This brings us to the Fender Stratocaster, most obviously one of the three kings. I suspect the other two kings are just out of the picture.
    Thank you for sharing (lol)!

  • Les writes:
    December 27th, 20106:19 pmat

    I think you have to pick a color and run with it or get one of those multi-color jobs. You could also go with plaid flanal panties something those of us from colder climes are used to!!

  • Karen writes:
    December 27th, 20105:56 pmat

    Regarding the underwear tradition: so, if I want all those things in the new year I should be wearing like 4 sets of underwear??????????
    THAT’S not going to happen ; )


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