How was everyone’s Christmas holiday? I hope you all had a wonderful day.
I haven’t a recipe to share with you today, only some snapshots of our first holiday in Playa del Carmen. The photos were all shot during our Christmas Eve walk and our lazy Christmas Day. Enjoy and I hope they bring you a bit of warmth during the wintery December days.
My husband and I have a tradition of every year picking out a new Christmas ornament for each other; along the way we’ve also included our precious fur and feather babies. This year was no different and so we stepped out to choose this year’s ornaments.
I had been eyeing this beautiful store full of colourful Mexican themed ornaments and souvenirs along one of the main shopping streets. They had everything from the traditional sphere shaped ornaments to little nativity scenes made out of clay and set inside cactuses — very Mexican and perfect to mark our first Christmas here.
There were so many beautiful pieces and it was difficult to choose just one. I loved how brightly colourful everything was. Aren’t these clay piñatas gorgeous?
I got distracted from the ornaments by these pretty bags. They are hand made and considering that the shop is in the main shopping street, the prices aren’t too bad.
In the end we choose this Mexican Santa…
and this gorgeous sphere that is hand-painted with traditional Mexican folk art. They are perfect!
After our shopping we headed for a stroll into another neighbourhood. These aren’t pink Christmas decorations but they certainly are beautiful. The pink rose art hanging from the trees matched perfectly the tropical plants.
Something I can’t stop shooting photos of are the trees here, they are tall, wide and have wild roots and branches. They remind me of bodhi trees, wouldn’t you agree? I love them!
So how do you guys like my new pink motorcycle? Haha, just kidding. I don’t want a motorcycle but if I did, pink would totally be the colour I choose.
Pink really seemed to be the popular colour this day. I love these bikes and that they were parked right at the beginning of the beach.
All that walking under the blazing heat makes you thirsty. We stopped for a drink and a snack…
We couldn’t have chosen a better time to stop because a couple of minutes later it began to pour. It wasn’t a snowy Christmas Eve but it was a rainy one.
Christmas Day morning we woke up to gorgeous, clear blue skies and high temperatures. I couldn’t contain the excitement of waking up on December 25th to this kind of weather. It has been a dream of mine to go lay on the beach on Christmas day and this year it is exactly what we did.
I think many other people had the same dream because the beach club and the coastline was full of people enjoying the beautiful weather. In the afternoon, we calmed our growling stomach with shrimp tacos and quenched our thirst with a bucket of ice-cold Mexican beer.
Later on we went out for our Christmas dinner. Of course only grilled lobster tail could be the perfect tropical Christmas dinner. I was too busy eating the most perfect meal to stop and take a photo. We also got to try our first Mexican wine and let me just say that it was one of the very best whites I’ve ever drank! The whole meal was stellar.
After dinner we strolled down to the main square were we ran into a show put on by a Mayan dancer group. If you visit Playa make sure you don’t miss it.
This year might not have been our “traditional” Christmas, but it certainly was a very merry one. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and an awesome New Years celebration!
THIS MONTH WE WILL BE SKIPPING THE YBR AGAIN. I APOLOGISE AND PROMISE WE WILL KICK OFF 2014 WITH ANOTHER YUMMY YBR ROUNDUP.**