Nochebuena (Poinsettia) Christmas Tree
City Hall, Guadalajara.
Isn't it beautiful!
The Nochebuena is native to Mexico and was taken
to the US by Joel Robert Poinsett.
Poinsett was the first ambassador to Mexico (1825 - 1829)
If you had told me last Christmas, that by this Christmas,
I would be writing a blog, and LOVING it - I would have said you're nuts!
I don't even READ blogs, why would I want to write one!
Well, here we are and I would like to take this opportunity to
thank each and every one of you for reading my humble musings
and for sending such nice emails and comments.
I absolutely love doing this and sharing my Mexico with all of you.
Meeting and interacting with fellow Mexican bloggers
has been the icing on the cake!
A very special thank you to the people who have trusted me
and supported Cruz Roja Chapala and La Casa de la Sagrada Familia
with their donations.
I am humbled by your generosity and kind words.
I was inspired by a blog post written some time ago
by Sparks that told of being lost in Mexico on a road trip
and stumbling upon a town called Santa Maria del Oro.
(Read all about it by clicking on the above link.)
This simple blog post, resulted in 64 joyful comments!
Most of which were written by Mexicans living in the US,
who were born in Santa Maria or had family there,
and resulted in the networking of many many
friends and family members through the miracle of cyberspace.
My goal for 2010 is to attract homesick Mexicans from small rural villages,
who are now living in other parts of the world, and reconnect them
with updated pictures and news of their hometowns here in Mexico.
If you know of anyone who fits that description,
please forward this blog to them.
Don't forget to leave comments, I love to hear from you!
Bloggers love comments.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!