• The performers, Gerardo Serrano, Elias Lopez and Maria Mendez.

    The performers, Gerardo Serrano, Elias Lopez and Maria Mendez.

  • The king and the temptress....

    The king and the temptress....

  • Barbie.....

    Barbie.....

  • The shepherd.....

    The shepherd.....

  • King Herod......

    King Herod......

  • Carlos Obando and Maria Mendez

    Carlos Obando and Maria Mendez

  • Teresa Palomin and Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino with Gerardo Serrano

    Teresa Palomin and Ambassador of Peru Miguel Palomino with Gerardo Serrano

  • Crisoforo Martinez, Blanca Mejia and Santiago Ballina

    Crisoforo Martinez, Blanca Mejia and Santiago Ballina

  • Fredrick Arul and Audrey Fernandez with Ibelise Escobar

    Fredrick Arul and Audrey Fernandez with Ibelise Escobar

  • Brendan Hammer and Ambassador of Venezuela Nelson Davila

    Brendan Hammer and Ambassador of Venezuela Nelson Davila

  • Angela Gutierez, Maria Teresa Cisneros and Inge Hammer

    Angela Gutierez, Maria Teresa Cisneros and Inge Hammer

  • Alex Cassie, Rose Hammer and Lisa Judge

    Alex Cassie, Rose Hammer and Lisa Judge

  • Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez, Anne Gangotena, Gladys Tenorio and Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Gangotena

    Ambassador of Mexico Armando Alvarez, Anne Gangotena, Gladys Tenorio and Ambassador of Ecuador Raul Gangotena

  • Naomi Garza

    Naomi Garza

  • Esau and Sonia Garza

    Esau and Sonia Garza

  • Victor Trevino and Brendon Hammer

    Victor Trevino and Brendon Hammer

  • Arturo Garcia, Gabriela Cortes and Elias Lopez

    Arturo Garcia, Gabriela Cortes and Elias Lopez

  • Laura White and Hannah White

    Laura White and Hannah White

  • A koala nativity.....

    A koala nativity.....

  • Pinata whacking for the sweet spoils

    Pinata whacking for the sweet spoils

A Mexican Christmas in Canberra

11 December 2015

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.