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The Whole PVRPV Family Wishes You and Yours the Very Best of Warm Holiday Memories!

PoinsettiasChristmas is in full swing right now in Vallarta.  These Posadas are an enactment of looking for lodging of St. Joseph and Virgin Mary, called The Pilgrims going to Bethlehem for the Census according to the Christian Scriptures. In Spanish we called them: "Los Peregrinos, San José y la Virgen María". Each family in a neighborhood, will schedule a night for the Posada to be held at their home, starting on the 16th of December and finishing on the 24th on Noche Buena.

Every home will have a Nativity scene. The hosts of the home are the innkeepers, and the neighborhood children and adults are Los Peregrinos, who have to request lodging through singing a simple chant. All carry small lit candles in their hands and four teenagers of about the same height are chosen to carry Los Peregrinos, which are two small statues of St. Joseph leading a donkey, which Virgin Mary is riding sidesaddle. The head of the procession will have a candle inside of a paper lamp shade that looks like an accordion but open at the top and it is called a "Farolito" or little lantern.

PosadasThe Peregrinos will ask for lodging in three different houses but only the third one will allow them in. That will be the house that is supposed to have the Posada for that evening. Once the innkeepers let them in, the group of guests comes into the home and kneels around the Nativity scene to pray the Rosary.

On Noche Buena, December 24, everybody goes to Misa de Noche Buena which is at midnight. After the Mass, everyone goes to their respective homes to have dinner with family and any friend who does not have a family is always welcome to be part of a family celebration, and most important of all to place the Baby Jesus in the manger in the Nativity scene.

The presents are not received on Christmas, for Christmas is held in honor of the celebration of Life of Our Savior.

Christmas TreeThe children's celebration of receiving presents is not until January 6th, "el día de Reyes", the day of the Kings, or the Wise Men Day. It is the Magi who brought the presents to the Baby Jesus, thus, they bring the toys to the boys and girls who have been good. The children place their shoes by the window, so the Magi place the present in the shoe. If the present is bigger than the shoe, it will be placed next to it. Happy Holidays to all!

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Christmas Volunteer Opportunities at PVRPV

Christmas Volunteer Opportunities at PVRPVEvery child should have a present or two beneath the tree this year.  Every family, whether biological or chosen, should enjoy the warm fellowship of kin and the delight of a wonderful meal to share it with. 

If you would be so inclined, feel free to call any PVRPV Staff member today for additional information.  This is a year round commitment to giving back to our community and you can certainly help!

Christmas Volunteer Opportunities at PVRPVPVRPV has a longstanding commitment to giving back into this wonderful community we call home. Several of our employees have participated in several non-profit opportunities for many years and as a company we have chosen to assist those in our midst who need support. We are doing several things that you may want to join us with.

We have identified a large community of mostly women and children who actually live in and support themselves off of the Puerto Vallarta land fill or dump. They actually feed and cloth themselves from the dump. There are organizations that support them with food and clothing. However, we believe that to actually break the cycle of poverty education is a real priority.

Christmas Volunteer Opportunities at PVRPVSo we are doing our bit by working with other local expatriate business and restaurants in PV to bring school supplies to them as well as sponsor several promising students to stay in school. As these folks are desperately poor, they cannot afford the supplies and costs of their education. This is we where you and PVRPV come into action.

Christmas Volunteer Opportunities at PVRPVOn your next visit to Puerto Vallarta please bring an extra suitcase of basic every day school supplies. Talk to your friends, community groups or your faith based organization about the possibility of gathering these for your next trip to Vallarta. This is changing lives and families for generations; your assistance is sincerely appreciated. Each Monday afternoon we head out to the area with some great food from area restaurants and our school supplies and spend just a few hours encouraging and working with many of the older children about school and its importance for the future.  We meet at Andale’s Restaurant on Olas Altas at 2pm each  Monday and head out to the site.  Please feel free to join us next time you are in Vallarta.

January Sponsorships are Coming Fast!

Can you help??

For the low cost of $250 sponsorship per year you can keep a child in school. Most quit by the time they are 12-13 years old and go to work. This has been a rewarding and successful venture and we look forward to your kind assistance.  You will get to know your child and if you are inclined develop a relationship for the four years this child is in school.  We can promise your life will be changed for the good as well as the child you assist.

Please call Mike at PVRPV at 1.877.462.7720 or mike@pvrpv.com for additional information.

Guest Comments

Casa CaracolI have been traveling to PV for many years and have never met a realtor with such honesty and integrity as Tim. He kept in close contact with me, gave me many helpful hints on the city, and made sure I got the most enjoyment out of my visit that was possible. I will never go anywhere else for my rental needs. Thanks, Tim, for all your help.

Doug Huffines
San Francisco
Casa Caracol

Casa Bella Vista (2 Bedrooms) Tim Thank you for taking such good care of my friends and I on our recent visit to Puerto Vallarta. Your representative met us at the condo and made sure everything was acceptable in the unit. He called us during our stay to see if we needed anything as well as being there when we checked out. All in all a most enjoyable experience.

Kevin M. Kelly
Las Vegas, Nevada
Casa Bella Vista (2 Bedrooms)

IFC Home Tours
Hotel Posada Rio Cuale
Aquiles Serdan #246

The now famous Home Tours, the principal money-making project of the IFC (International Friendship Club), are offered twice weekly from November to April. These tours take tourists into homes of the "rich and famous", as well as into typical vacation and year-round homes of the "locals". Tourists gather at the Hotel Posada Rio Cuale on Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to board air conditioned buses, hosted by knowledgeable and genial club members, for 2 hours of delight that Include complete tours of four homes, many shown by the owners themselves. The drive up into Gringo Gulch or Conchas Chinas is an adventure in itself. Vistas of breathtaking beauty, coupled with hairpin curves will electrify each tour group. 

The Club was started in 1987 by a small group of ex-patriots, Americans and Canadians, who according to the by-laws, wanted to organize the international community here in Vallarta a place to "provide services, collect and distribute funds in response to the humanitarian and educational needs of the community we have come to love" and to promote friendship among the international community and people of Vallarta.

Beginning
Wed. Nov. 16 thru April 17, 2006
Every Wed. & Thurs.

10:00 a.m. tickets sales begin
11:00 tour departs

January & February PVRPV Availability

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January 5-12
January 12-19
January 19-25
January 25-31
February 1-7
February 7-14
February 14-20
February 20-27

Easter Week!

Palm Sunday April 9
Passover April 12
Good Friday April 14
Easter Weekend April 12 – 19

 (We are checking with our homeowners about Easter Week Specials, keep checking back!)

New Staff Additions Announced!

Growth is always a good thing and we have added two excellent staff members to your PVRPV Team.

Vacation Rental Division

Concierge Tour & Activities Sales!

Omar Cordova, his wife Teresa and their two children hail from Puebla, a small community outside of Mexico City. Omar is a great asset to us as a concierge for PVRPV. He really comes to us with a wealth of tourism and sales. His experience with the tours and activities in Puerto Vallarta is strong and will provide our Guests the excellent service they have come to expect from a PVRPV Premier Vacation Rental. 

Please join us in welcoming Omar to the Team.

Property Management Division

Property Management Administration Assistant

Alejandra Casas and her partner are native Vallartians and she is excited about working with us as we are with her.  She comes to us at an important time in our growth in the Property Management Division of PVRPV.  We have gained a great reputation in our administration of property management of vacation homes here in Puerto Vallarta.  Alejandra will assist and support Agustin in maintaining excellent property care for each of our Homeowners. 

Welcome aboard Alejandra!

Gratuitous PV Trivia
Zona Romantica Street Names
Author: Tim Byrne

Have you ever been curious about the names of the streets in Old Town?

After a bit of research and one discovers the explanations of the various street names in the Zona Romantica easily. (Many are named after governors of Jalisco; figures, some from the period of the 1910 revolution and the early days of the PRI/PRD party, or trees.)

Amapas - The amapa is a tree with bright yellow flowers, the flower is the basis of a number of common embroidery patterns along the coast. If you Google amapa árbol you can find pictures, etc.

Pilitas – A pila is a baptismal font, and pilitas are the small holy water stoups at the entrances of catholic churches (pilitas de agua bendita).

Púlpito - Means "pulpit" in spanish. (Pulpito without the accent means little octopus).

Manuel Diéguez - Governor of Jalisco at about the time of the revolution and an ally of V. Carranza. There is more about V. Carranza below.

Olas Altas - You probably know this means "big waves" already. (Tall waves literally, but we don’t say that in English.)

Basilio Badillo - Governor of Jalisco for a time, but more importantly an intellectual and publicist for Obregón (Mexico’s president in the 20’s and responsible for stabilizing the country after the revolution).
Badillo was part of the intellectual clique that set up the PRD party that would later become the PRI, Mexico’s dominant ruling party until Fox’s election in 2000.

Pino Suarez - Was F. Madero's vice president and was executed with Madero during a coup in 1913. There is more about Madero below.

Ignacio Vallarta - The Jalisco governor for whom the city itself is named. He also served on the Supreme court an in a number of roles in the foreign office during the Porfiriato (late 19th century dictatorship that lasted nearly 40 years until the revolution ended it).

Venustiano Carranza - One of Mexico's early post revolutionary presidents and an ally of Madero in the revolution. Madero was overthrown by a coup in 1913, and Carranza was the political leader of the resistance. He became president in 1915 and then was re-elected under the new constitution of 1917.

Insurgentes - The name applied to those who fought for independence from Spain.

Lázaro Cardenas - One of Mexico's most important presidents. He nationalized the oil industry in the 30's and carried out a great deal of land reform. He is also responsible for cementing the dominance of the PRI party.

Francisco Madero - Leader of the campaign to oust the dictator Porfirio Diaz. Madero called for the revolution in 1910, and he succeeded Diaz as president. As president he was slow to implement reforms and he was toppled and killed during a 1913 coup known as the /Decena Tragica /(tragic ten days) because of the large death toll in Mexico City over the ten days of the coup.

Aquiles Serdán - Supporter of Madero, killed with his family in the first days of the 1910 revolt. He is recognized as the first martyr of the revolution.

5 de Febrero - Anniversary date of the ratification of the 1917 constitution.

And then the uninspired trio of names for uninspired cross streets:
Aguacate - avocado, Jacarandas - a tree or shrub with violet flowers, and Naranjo - the orange tree.

It is suspected that prior to the 1950s most of the north-south streets were named for trees while most of the east-west streets were named for church related things. As the town was developed in the 50’s after the first road was put through into the town, the streets were renamed after local greats related to the revolution and the ruling party.

Next Month we will explore the communities south of Puerto Vallarta!

Mmmmmmm Getting hungry yet??

"Hey Abuelita, What's cooking?"
Recipe of the Month

The Mexican Christmas Tamale
The Mexican Christmas Tamale

For almost all Mexican families a Christmas season without tamales is just not complete. This delicious typical dish--prepared almost exclusively in December to eat during the year-end parties and celebrations--comes from a tradition spanning more than 1000 plus years.

The base of tamale is corn, or maize, a crop cultivated by the Meso-american Indians since pre-Columbian times. Corn has always been an essential element in their diet and it is used to prepare an endless number of tasty dishes, such as the well-known tortillas and atole, plus, even, alcoholic drinks like chicha.

It is also believed that tamales are a part of our ancestors' heritage. The truth is, all Mexicans will remember having eaten them since they were small children. A firm tradition rooted deep in each family.

Making and cooking tamales is generally an activity which involves the participation of all family members. It is a slow, careful and laborious process. As some family members prepare the corn dough, others will be chopping and mincing additional ingredients and yet others will be preparing the plantain leaves and strings that will be used to wrap the tamales for boiling. Grandmothers and mothers will teach granddaughters and daughters how to make tamales; making sure the tradition is kept alive. Even the men get in to the act nowadays!

All through the month of December no Mexican home will be found without tamales. It might seem as if they don't get tired of eating them; some, even three or four times a day! They are eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner and they are absolutely fundamental for coffee break time.

During the season, invitations to eat tamales at friends' and relatives' homes are common. Whoever does not make them can buy them ready to eat from commercial producers. The fact is, for Christmas, tamales cannot be missing from the kitchen!

Ingredients:

2 pounds maize (corn flour)
2 pounds pork
2 pounds bacon
2 cups cooked, seasoned rice
Ground chicharron (cracklings; fried pork skin)
Several carrots
A few potatoes
Sweet peppers
Coriander
Canned peas
Salt, black pepper, cumin

Soak the corn dough flour in water and cook it with a little salt one day before making the tamales. Wash it thoroughly and change the water. Let it stand overnight. The next day, knead it into dough.

Boil or sautee the carrots, potatoes, onion, perhaps a little Serrano pepper and meat in separate pots, seasoning with black pepper, cumin, coriander and salt.

Once this is done add the water from the meat you just cooked to the dough until you get an intermediate thick consistency. Also add some salt and the potatoes, previously mashed or pureed in a blender.

Wash the plantain leaves (you can substitute banana leaves). Cut them into 16 by 14 inch pieces. On each piece place two tablespoonfuls of dough. On top of the dough place a tablespoonful of rice, a piece of meat, some chicharron, a slice or two of carrots, some peas, coriander and a strip of sweet pepper. Fold the leaf into a rectangular shape, making sure no part of the tamal is exposed. Tie the bundle carefully and securely with string.

The rest is easy. Just place them in salted, boiling water for about one hour. Unwrap them so you can get to one of the most typical and delightful tastes of Mexico.

Note: Many variations exist on this basic recipe. Different kinds of meat can be substituted (shredded chicken breast and roast beef are two favorites), breakfast items and the flavor of the corn dough can be enhanced greatly by adding a few minced onions, some crushed garlic and maybe even a little Tabasco sauce. In Mexico the basic "seasoned rice" is rice cooked with minced onion, diced sweet pepper, garlic, coriander and salt.

Buen provecho!

Feliz Navidad!!!

Feliz Hannukah

The Whole PVRPV Family Wishes You and Yours the Very Best of Warm Holiday Memories!


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