Today in school we moved onto Mexico. Actually, this was a little bit more low-key for us, as Turkey and Bunny already had some familiarity with Christmas in Mexico. They knew “Feliz Navidad,” they had an idea of Las Posadas from our failed field trip a week ago Saturday (someday, I would like to give seeing that traditional procession of Mary and Joseph looking for a room at night, illuminated by candlelight, lanterns, and flashlights another chance, because I think it would be awesome to see!), they knew pinatas are used for parties (although they were a little surprised that they could be used for something other than a birthday party!).
They did enjoy reading about the legend of the poinsettia, though. We turned back to our favorite Lion Storyteller Christmas Book, and read “A Flower for Christmas.” I have no idea if that’s the “real” poinsettia story, or if there might be others out there, but they really enjoyed it, even if Turkey did insist on pointing out to me that that could never happen. But we talked about how we have some poinsettias in our church, and we added a new symbol of Christmas to our list: stars in the Philippines, nativity scenes in Italy, Christmas trees in America, and now, the red poinsettia plant as a Christmas symbol in Mexico.
They also got to color a new picture in their Christmas Around the World coloring books. Much like we had discussed, it showed children taking turns at a pinata, with a backdrop of poinsettias. They loved the shapes the pinatas were in (three different animals), and they were puzzled and excited that the picture actually showed the pinata being used outdoors. So, they’ve decided that when the little tree we planted in our yard last spring gets bigger, they would like to try their hands at a pinata out there. Not a bad idea, actually.
Friday, we finish our Christmas journey around the world with my favorite country (outside of America, of course!): Germany. Until then, Feliz Navidad!