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POINSETTIA PASSION

By Betsy Mejia   |  December 3, 2018

13 years ago, we adopted our youngest son from Guatemala. Our first visit took place a week before Christmas. When my husband and I arrived in Guatemala City, we walked the streets of our hotel neighborhood and were disappointed there was little festive representation of the holiday upon us. City buses (called Chicken Buses) were honking and scooters were driven haphazardly. Among luxury car dealerships and retail store fronts were signs of the traditional customs. A woman selling tortillas on a corner. Another woman dressed in colorful garb carried a mountain of coconuts on her head. We were unaccustomed to the heat and I was struck by the smell of cumin in the air. It didn't "feel" like Christmas.

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