A Mexican Christmas in CanberraShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Summer time and the livin’ is easy.....in our big backyards especially, where we kick back, put the feet up and let the man of the house do his barbecue magic while the chilled white or robust red takes the stresses away.
The big backyard at the Embassy of Mexico is probably the front yard actually if you look at the configuration, and it sits beautifully on this slice of Yarralumla near where the old Westlake workers cottages once were. The old growth trees were just right for the Aussie inspired nativity scene created by the Ambassador and his wife with a koala family of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus as tiny ceramic koalas and the three wise koalas carrying their gold frankincense and myrrh surrounded by bark, gumleaves, gumnuts and a fine version of an aboriginal gunyah for shelter. How cute it was and a lovely welcome to the celebration of a Mexican Christmas for colleagues, friends, diplomats and media who never miss an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of an ambassador and his wife who love a party and often turn the event into an interactive performance.
We were welcomed with the red ribboned scroll of songs, a margarita with a hint if chili and blush of hibiscus flowers and characters dressed to perform for the after dinner entertainment. Before that we had to work for our dinner with a singing performance of ‘The Mexican Posadas Litany’ likely to frighten the odd possum or two and make the neighbours realise the Mexicans were at it again.
But fortunately our singing was okay and we were invited in to the ‘inn’ to feast and then enjoy the performance of the chain smoking Herod with laptop, the shepherd without a flock to watch by night but an iPhone to text the wonderful wench called Barbie. Our vocal chords were by then well and truly warmed up enough for the ‘Carols for the Pastorela’ where the universal favourites of Little Drummer Boy, Holy Night and Joy to the World fueled by a few more margaritas were sung with gusto.
Pinata whacking came next with six volunteers blindfolded and rotated before a few whacks brought the whole shebang tumbling down. Great fun and if that wasn’t enough then dancing was next. Good company, the best cactus salad and guacamole and those margaritas made it a memorable Mexican Christmas albeit in a ‘burb in Canberra.