“Playa del Christmas”

Jellyfish Gourd Lamps; Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2

Playa del Carmen, Mexico Map

Santa might check his list twice, but I didn’t have to do a recheck on the option of a Mexico trip just before Christmas this year!  My response was an immediate and emphatic “Yes!” (throw in a squeal or two if you want to be completely realistic). Panic followed shortly thereafter.  I lack the elfin staff that enables Santa to readily pause for cookies and belly laughs; could I really bypass the final pre-Christmas shopping days, returning just in time for its Eve?

Umm… yeah.  As it turned out, that’s not such a big problem for a non-recreational shopper like me.  More strategic shopping shaved off much of the reallocated time, and we aimed for earlier enjoyment of our treasured traditions such as “The Nutcracker” ballet with my daughter, gingerbread house-grahamcracker house buildingmaking with kids and cousins, and caroling with Grandma Dugan. If traveling to Mexico had required debiting seasonal joys, it wouldn’t have been worth the “warm”, but all fell into place, and I boarded the plane with virtually all of my shopping/baking completed ~ready for “wonderful” because I already had that cozy sort of feeling on the inside.

Flying Santa; Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Here are some photos from “downtown” Play del Carmen in the days before Christmas.  I hope to locate some more photos from previous trips to the area, because I spent most of our long weekend this time running, swimming, snorkeling and walking miles along the shoreline of the Caribbean Sea…

~counting my blessings in Spanish.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico Map

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12 Comments to “Playa del Christmas”

  1. A super idea to go there before Christmas.

  2. Oh how wonderful, Heather! I am so thrilled that you had the opportunity to do that! I’m sure coming back to the frigid Ohio weather was quite shocking for the bones-lol!

    I was just catching up on your past couple of posts and was just smiling at how — again — I was realizing how much we have in common: singing at the nursing home is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done, and then reading about how your ornaments have stories behind them is just like our tree.

    You are such a precious soul. I hope we’ll get to meet up again in ’09!

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    Happy holidays

  4. Well Done! I love it when a plan like that comes together. I’m sure it was lovely getting away from the cold and soaking up some sun. Welcome back!

  5. Suzanne Perazzini

    How wonderful that you could be spontaneous and get away to the warmth. I still haven’t got to Mexico. When the time comes, I will be asking you lots of questions.

  6. bingkee

    What a wonderful Christmas you have. I wish you a Happy Blessed new year!

  7. According to chinese tradition, 2009 is Ox(牛)year, Ox means growing, Yeah, A growing year!

    So Happy 牛 Year to you!

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  8. Thanks for the stories Heather…..look forward to more pics from Mexico! Happy New Year!

  9. Jean-Luc: It seemed a positively “inspired” idea to me! The flights were easy, the resort was lovely -the only hard part was flying back into the icy cold here in Ohio!
    Ginger: Same!! I hope this new year brings you some wonderful opportunities to use your considerable gifts in meaningful ways. Keep me posted!
    Thanks Cate! I’ve added your “Caffeinated Traveler” to my Google Reader.

  10. This sounds like a great vacation. Was there a tiny bit of Tequila drinking mixed in with the running, snorkeling, and walking?

  11. Intrepid:
    I’m convinced that salt water is good for the soul. It’s good for my soul at any rate!
    I think you’d really appreciate exploring the ruins and ceynotes. It’s a fairly quick flight from the US -not so close from New Zealand!
    Bingkee:Thanks! ~And a Happy 2009 to you too!!

  12. iWalk: Impressive use of the keyboard! Happy “Year of the Ox”! I look forward to reading more about your extensive travels in the new year.
    Thanks Mark! You live in “warm” down there in Texas -great choice for a personal trainer! I hope this new year brings you even more success.
    Delmer: Ummm… maybe just a little. 😀 Put a lime in my drink, and life is pretty good!

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