The Holidays in Mazatlán

December 18, 2008

Jumping on the bandwagon after Steve and IslaGringo, here are a few pictures of some Christmas scenes in Centro.

The picture above is the nativity scene in the Plaza Republica.  As is usual in these kinds of scenes, there are various size animals sharing the barnyard.  See the HUGE turkey on the left side of the picture?  I took this picture as we met up with Guaymas blogger Brenda and her husband Roy.  It was so nice to finally meet them…we went over to the Plazuela Machado and visited over coffee for a couple of hours.  They head back tomorrow morning after having a visit with family staying here in Mazatlán.

The next picture is of the sand sculpture nativity scene in the Plazuela Machado.  Watching them make these is really interesting – they get the sand just the right amount of dampness and press it into  a box overnight, or maybe longer.  Then they can sculpt it.   Amazing, isn’t it?


And I just love the bull.  He’s relaxed in a very natural way, isn’t he?


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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Good nacimiento. I posted a blog post asking for nacimientos which prompted Steve and Veracruz. Lovely scenes. I will make a mention of this site in my next post if I don’t hear from you otherwise.

    1. The sand sculpture is great – like it very much

    1. I have never been able to figure out why sand scultures look so fluid — perhaps because they are just one breeze away from being a beach. Nice photographs. You captured the very nature of the sand nativity. I also like the juxtaposition between the orderly sand sculture and the helter-skelter look of the nativity scene. Maybe the giant turneys of Mazatlan could join up with the Amazon Mary of La Manzanilla.

    1. I’ve never seen a nativity scene done in sand. Ice, yes. Snow, yes. Very nice. I miss the mishmash of characters this year on Isla. So you got to meet Brenda and Roy in person! Lucky you!

    1. The thing about sand sculpture that always blows me away is all that beautiful work and then it goes away – a sad ending to a TERRIFIC work actually.

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