A Mexican Christmas (my way)

What’s my way of having a Mexican Christmas without being in Mexico? Keep reading to find out.

First of all, you need to have the heat in your home high enough so that you can walk around without a sweater on. By being in nothing but the types of clothes you’d wear on a beach, you can make the inside of your house a little more Mexican. Next, you should ditch the pine tree and replace it with a palm tree. I decorated a small palm tree with Christmas lights and it looks great. Another important thing is to have tacos and burritos instead of turkey or any other Christmas food. This is an obvious given but worth reminding, because you can’t have a Mexican themed Christmas without Mexican food!

Then, while you’re enjoying your hot temperatures and palm trees, you can begin to make miniature piƱatas out of paper mache. These are what you can use to decorate your tree. Also, if you have any Santa or elf statues or figurines, you should replace all their Christmas hats with sombreros.

Once all this is done, you can begin to go about the house and customize your decorations to your liking. The more Mexican stuff you add the better the results will be. Have fun with your planning and I hope it turns out great!

Mexican Style Kitchens in Vancouver BC | My Aunt Loves Tacos, too!

Visiting my aunt in Vancouver BC has been a blessing. She’s not as passionate about mexican lifestyle as I am but she does like to nap during the day and eat tacos. I convinced her to have a taco party and we invited the neighbors over. After the party my aunt was so pleased with the results that she agreed to decorate her kitchen into a Mexican theme.

We got green, white and red bunting for the corners of the ceiling and a pinata to hang above the doorway. Little plastic tropical trees for the windowsill and a little plastic mexican man winking with a huge smile on his face. Of course it’s nothing super authentic but my aunt loves it.

Part of the reason she agreed to renew her kitchen was she also had a bunch of important chores to do. We needed to replace the microwave, buy a new toaster and fix the fridge. The oven needed cleaning and the floor needed mopping. The ceiling had some cobwebs and so did the pantry. I’m not sure if my aunt let me decorate her kitchen just because she wanted me to do all this work for her, but I trust her joy at seeing all the Mexican culture was authentic.

We celebrated by having tacos. And then we went to the dollar store to find some more mexican nick nacks. We got mini little Mexican music instruments to put on top of the fixed fridge, a poster of a Mexican beach and a painting with a Spanish quote on it that translated says “Work hard, Play hard, Sleep even harder.”

We also got a few small cacti for the corner and some fake colored corn on the cob to display on a dish beside the new toaster. Overall it looks really great!

I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get photos for you guys as I didn’t start writing this until I got home and my aunt isn’t too savvy with taking pictures herself and sending them through email. She insisted on printing out her photos and sending them via real mail at the post office (that’s how old she is). I kindly said she doesn’t have to do that. My readers can suffer without looking at pictures of Mexican decorations above our fixed fridge.

I’m going to visit her again next year so maybe I’ll make a part 2 and see if she kept my decorations around. There’s a good chance she’ll need me to do some cleaning again so I’ll take that opportunity to make the kitchen even more Mexican themed.

Before my aunt and I departed we went to this fabulous Mexican restaurant that’s quite popular in Vancouver BC. It’s called Patron Tacos & Cantina. It was quite good but nothing like actually going to Mexico.

Thanks for reading and chat soon!