Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Guise and Dolls

We don't have Groundhog Day in Mexico - largely because we don't have groundhogs, but also because the fact that the weather six weeks from now will be similar to the weather today is kind of a given. Instead, we have the not-at-all-creepy Candelaria, a day on which otherwise normal adults buy (or, in most cases, already own, for years and sometimes generations) figurines of the Baby Jesus...


...dress him up in a variety of outfits, seated on a miniature throne, or swaddled in a basket or - if we were doing this ourselves - a little portable car seat...


...and carrying him off to church to be blessed - which, being the Son of God and all, strikes us as a little redundant. Then there are tamales. And probably fireworks. And six more weeks of winter.

Early Afternoon Update: When we went out for our morning constitutional, we thought we were seeing more cars with babies nestled in their Mamá's arms than usual, only to realize they were creepy Jesus dolls. We're not sure what the repercussions are if you shatter the Baby Jesus because you weren't wearing a seatbelt.

2 comments:

Cheryl Arredondo said...

The dolls are creepy. They're worse than clowns.

Dave said...

Funny how the dolls all look alike. Must be the real deal.

Fireworks?? Again? How charming.