Stories of Pedregal: Mexican Christmas Tree Collection

Decorating the Christmas tree is one of the most enjoyable traditions associated with the winter holidays. Although the Christmas tree is typically decorated in red and white, the coloring can vary greatly depending on taste and traditions. Each color and each decoration is thought to have a special significance, and lots of people choose their ornaments based on the legends out there.

This holiday season in Mexico brought with it a unique take on Christmas tree decorations at The Resort at Pedregal. 

This year we are celebrating Mexican Traditions. Our Christmas Trees, also known as “Torotes” are decorated with a Collection of Mexican Handcrafts. Each Torote tree was elegantly outfitted and inspired by one of the following themes:

Alebrijes:

The Alebrijes, name of the brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures are imaginary creatures that have elements from different animals such as dragon bodies, bat wings, wolf teeth and dog eyes. Colorfully painted, they were originally made with papier mache but nowadays they are also wood carved  It is said that in 1936 Mr. Pedro Linares Lopez, cartonero by trade, inspired by a fever dream created alebrijes. A gallery owner discovered his work and brought him to the attention of Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, who began commissioning more alebrijes.  Don’t forget to look for your alebrije in our AlmArte Boutique

Barro Negro:

Black Clay, or Barro Negro Is is a traditional folk art technique from Oaxaca, Mexico, distinguished by its color, sheen and unique designs. Oaxaca is one of few Mexican states which is characterized by the continuance of its ancestral crafts, which are still used in everyday life. The origin of this pottery style extends as far back as the Monte Alban period and was traditionally only available in a grayish matte finish.

Ceramic:

These beautiful ceramic ornaments are courtesy of TEQUILA CLASE AZULand were created under the same process as their Tequila bottles. Each bottle of Clase Azul is a work of art. Hand sculpted and individually painted, no one bottle is exactly alike.

Clase Azul products are 100% authentic from the tequila to the unique, handmade bottles. Each bottle of Clase Azul takes approximately two weeks to complete. Using superior quality materials including ceramic, non-toxic paints and hand made brushes.

Bules:

Bules is a Mexican plant, also known as GUAJE, that is similar to a pumpkin and can be used to transport liquids once it is dried. In some areas of Mexico, they are also used as dancing rattles. Bules can also be found in decorative forms such as ornaments, jewelry boxes or artistic “canvases” to decorate.

Rebozo:

Rebozo ,is a long Mexican Textile handmade in cotton, hand woven used mostly by women in Mexico . It can be worn in various ways, usually folded or wrapped around the head and/or upper body to shade from the sun, provide warmth and as an accessory to an outfit. Traditional rebozos are handwoven from cotton, wool, silk and rayon in various lengths but all have some kind of pattern and have fringe, which can be finger weaved into complicated designs. The garment is considered to be part of Mexican identity and nearly all Mexican women own at least one. It has been prominently worn by women such as Frida Kahlo and actress María Félix.

Jorongo / Sarape:

The Jorongo, or Sarape, is a long blanket-like shawl, often brightly colored and fringed at the ends, worn primarily by men in Mexico. The term sarape is used for the rectangular woven blanket without openings, though in more recent years it has also been used to refer to a very soft rectangular blanket with an opening in the middle for one’s head.

See our vibrant Christmas-themed trees below and learn everything about our Holiday Season at The Resort at Pedregal 


From our family to yours… Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!!