Mexican families scale down Christmas celebrations as pandemic ravages Mexico

By Luis Cortes and Gustavo Graf
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Families across Mexico have scaled down Christmas celebrations to keep the coronavirus from spreading while others went on vacation alone after losing loved ones to the pandemic that hit Mexico more than 120,000 people were killed.
In Mexico City, the home of 33-year-old street vendor Wendolin Garcia Ramos was decorated with festive Christmas lights and a decorated tree. But she spent Christmas Eve alone after the pandemic claimed the lives of her fiancé, as well as his parents and brother.
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"We had so many plans," she said as she wiped away her tears and stood next to an altar with photos of her lost loved ones. "We wanted to get married this year," she said.
Marcela Hernandez and her husband Juan Carlos Roque had a small Christmas dinner with their two children in their home in the state of Mexico.
Both parents are doctors and their son is also studying medicine. They decided to video call the rest of their family members instead of risking exposing them.
"It is so tragic right now how families miss mothers, fathers, brothers or children. How some families have been completely torn apart," said Juan Carlos Roque, who received one of the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine administered in Mexico on Thursday.
(Reporting by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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