nochebuena

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Merry Christmas Eve.!! Feliz Nochebuena.!! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season.!! And for those of you who are expecting presents from Santa, I hope he’s good to you 🙂 Before, I go and enjoy the festivities, I think a history lesson might be in order. Nochebuena directly translates into ‘a good night.’ However, it indirectly translates into Christmas Eve.! But nochebuena also has another very important meaning.! It is our traditional Christmas flower – the poinsettia.!!

Nochebuena originated in Mexico.!! Originally, it was used by the Aztecs for it’s deep red color in dyes and in purity rituals. Mexicans began to use the flower in holiday celebrations during the 16th to 18th centuries also because of it’s deep vibrant color. But also because it’s flowering season directly coincided with the holiday one 🙂 During the presidency of James Monroe, a botanical expert by the name of Joel Roberts Pointsett was named prime minister of the United States in Mexico (ambassadorships were to follow later).

I’m sure you can figure out the rest dear reader just by good ole’ Joel’s last name. Pointsett took nochebuena back to the states and renamed it poinsettia.!! And the rest is Christmas history my dear friends.!! Nochebuena is now one of the biggest symbols of the Christmas season.!! Most poinsettias in the U.S. originate on Mexican farms. So it all comes full circle.! Merry Christmas.!! ¡Feliz Navidad! Please enjoy Jose Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad.!! See you over the weekend 🙂

Mexico City / Chilangolandia Part 2

Please enjoy this blog post from one of my favorite blogs about Mexico. The Adventures of a Sober Señorita recently visited Mexico City and the ruins of Teotihuacan.!! Since I have never been to Teotihuacan – I thought I would let her take you there on a short trip. I will be back Thursday to discuss my brief visit to Mexico City in 2010.! Enjoy 🙂

The Adventures of a Sober Señorita

The last two days of our trip in Mexico City were dedicated to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, celebrating two special anniversaries, and trying to fit in anything else we forgot.

Sunday we left early in the morning and took the metro to a large bus station that has buses that go to and from Teotihuacan all day.  Coming from Cancun where it is completely flat, seeing mountains and pyramids in Mexico City was just amazing.

Exploring one of the oldest and most mysterious civilizations in the world was awesome and I definitely recommend if you are traveling to Mexico City.

Teotihuacan ruins

Archaeological site Teotihuacan

Teotihuacan archaeological Ruins

Teotihuacan excavation site Mexico

Teotihuacan ruins Mexico City

Teotihuacan archaeological site Mexico

Teotihuacan Mexico pyramid of the moon

Pyramid of the sun Teotihuacan Excited to climb the Pyramid of the Sun

pyramids Teotihuacan Mexico

Teotihuacan historical site

Teotihuacan pyramids Mexico City
Teotihuacan archaeological site Mexico

Teotihuacan pyramids Mexico City

Pyramid of the sun Teotihuacan Mexico City View from the top of the Pyramid of the Sun

Columns Teotihuacan Palace of Quetzalpapalotl at Teotihuacan

Columns palace Teotihuacan Mexico City Palace of Quetzalpapalotl at Teotihuacan

Pyramid of the moon, Teotihuacan Literally on top of the world with my best friend. (Pyramid of the moon)

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After a lot of walking and climbing we…

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