Christmas in the Sierra Madre Mountains
End of year holidays in small Mexican towns in the Sierra Madre mountains and everywhere else have a very special meaning. Folks come home. Milking cows and growing corn or coffee isn't everybody's idea of making a good living, so they try to realize their golden dream and head for the cities, but Christmas and Mother's Day call them back home.
The highways are bumper-to-bumper with folks coming home to Mexico for Christmas. They are loaded with gifts for everyone. You can spend a few lazy hours sitting in the plaza counting the different foreign-plated cars cruising down the street. Most of our returning visitors come from California or Texas. Occasionally we see an Idaho, Montana or Oregon plate. Once in a while we might see one from a British Columbia.
Home folks try to get their holiday decorations up by the 1st of December and they don't come down until after January 7th.