If we were having coffee this morning, I would bring you into the warmth of my living room. Anderson spent the night and wanted to sleep on the couch instead of in his bed (because he slept on the couch at his other grandma’s house in Tacoma last week and liked it) and he’s currently watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree so we could sit away from the TV and chat a bit.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that today, December 12, is the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico. It was on this day in 1531 that she made her fourth apparition to Juan Diego (a young indigenous boy) and the day on which he delivered the bundle of roses (which were not only out of season in December but also did not grow in Mexico) to the bishop as a sign of a miracle from la virgen de Guadalupe. When Juan Diego put his tilma (a type of shawl worn for warmth) down before the bishop and opened it up, out tumbled the roses, leaving behind the imprint of the virgen de Guadalupe on the tilma. It was then that the bishop agreed to the virgen’s wishes, that a church be built in her name. Today, the Basilica of Guadalupe stands on the site where Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego in Tepeyac. She has great significance for Mexico as a country and for Mexican people all over the world. She is found in just about every home where people of Mexican descent live. She is prayed to for everything, especially for pregnant women, children, and issues having to do with mothers and their children.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that you can find another story associated with Mexico over at Solveig’s blog where I’ve contributed to her Advent Calendar posts with a legend of the poinsettia, which comes from Mexico. Thank you for having me, Solveig.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I’m glad I don’t have any travel plans for a while. I’m tired. It has been non stop activity of some sort here since summer. Let’s see, road trip to California in August, a trip to the Oregon coast for three days, a trip to Bend for another three days (both in August), then off to Seattle in September. October was a travel-free month. Then November took us on another road trip to southern California for a funeral (seven days). And the latest trip was to Omaha, Nebraska just this last week. Yup! That’s why I am so tired.
I am finally feeling better but still wake up with itchy eyes and some congestion. I am beginning to think it has a lot to do with the kitty. She is a long haired one and leaves her hair all over, including on my face where she like to rub up against me and lick me while I sleep! I hope I am wrong but if I’m not, this kitty might need to find another home. 😦
I’m currently reading a book called In the Heart of the Dark Wood by Billy Coffey. It is a sequel to the last book I read, When Mockingbirds Sing. It is very interesting, so far. I’m hoping to get through it soon so that I can read my traditional Christmas book (traditional since I discovered it in 2010), O Little Town: A Novel by Don Reid, which I highly recommend. What are you reading? Do you have a favorite Christmas read that you dust off and enjoy every year?
I think I’ll cut it short. Anderson is beckoning. He is working on a jigsaw puzzle that is kind of tough, even for me, and wants some help. Later this morning and afternoon we’re supposed to go to a few Christmas events in the area, if the weather doesn’t wash the day away. We’re in Portland, Oregon where we’ve had A LOT OF RAIN this week! And tonight I have to clear room in the living room to set up a small Christmas tree.
So tell me what is new in your neck of the woods? Books? Movies? Christmas activity and traditions? Do tell!
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