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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, DECEMBER 12, 2014 ALL THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo Ciao Bella, Hope all my Glamazon's are taking time to smell the roses during this hectic Holidaze Season! Please enjoy my yearly Christmas parody to a"A Night Before Christmas" that happens to take placein a beauty salon! I take pride to say I wrote this several years ago. Wishing all my Post-Gazette readers and staff a very Mass in what is now Merry Christmas! Enjoy! Mexico City. That morn- Saint Juan Diego by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari Juan Diego was born in 1474 in the ward of Tlayacac, which is located 14 miles north of Mexico City. Juan lived a simple life as a weaver, farmer, and laborer On December 9, 1531 Juan rose before dawn to walk 15 miles to daily ing, as Juan passed Tepeyac Hilll he heard music and saw a glowing cloud encircled by a rain- '" ~ bow. A woman's voice called him to the top of the hill. There he saw a beau ti(ul young woman dressed like an Aztec princess. She said she was the Virgin Mary and asked Juan to tell the bishop to build a church on that site. She said, "I vividly desire that a church be built on this site, so that in it I can be present and give my love, compassion, help, and defense, for I am your ~most devoted mother ... to hear your laments and to remedy all your miseries, pains, and sufferings." The local bishop doubted Juan's story and asked him to bring proof of the Lady's iden- tity. Before Juan could go back to the Lady, he was told that his uncle was dying. Hurrying to get a priest, Juan missed his meeting with the Lady. The Lady, however, met him on his path and told him that his uncle had been cured. She then instructed Juan to climb to the Twas the .week before Christmas when all through the salon The scissors were clicking; the mad rush was on. The hairdressers were busy primping the coifs; Perm odor, tinting, hair spray, what cough? The nail-techs stayed sitting; painting their art, And the patrons were in and out like a dart. The receptionist was praying for the end of the day, While just out the window she noticed a sleigh, And in walked a lady all covered in flour; She said she'd been baking for hours and hours. "l've seen to the children, but what of myself? "My husband's been busy and couldn't spare an elf. "My nails are all broken; my hair feels like glue; "I hope there is Someone who can make me feel new." With that gleam in her eye it was hard to say "no'--- Mary volunteered for the job, ho, ho, ho! Shampoo, shampoo, how do you do? Rollers and gel, need the dryer too. With a trick of her brush she was coiffed in a flash," Manicured, painted, and dried in a dash. Her nails were all shiny, painted ."jungle-red." The smile on her face left nothing unsaid. As she waved us good-bye, Merry Christmas to all, Everyone stopped to see the great haul While out the window we all began to peer At a giant sleigh and eight strong reindeer! Our lady hopped right in and with a nod to go Off went her chariot above all the snow. Jingle, jingle, jingle you can hear the bells ring. It was a sight to behold there were songs to sing. top of the hill where they first met, there Juan was amazed to find flowers growing in the frozen soil. He gathered them in his cloak (known as a tilma) and took them at once to the bishop. Juan told the bishop what had happened and opened his cloak. The flowers that fell to the ground were Castilian roses (which were not grown in Mexico). Rather than looking at the roses, bishop's eyes were on the glowing image of the Lady imprinted inside Juan's cloak. Soon after, a church was built on the site where our Lady appeared, and thousands converted to Chris- tianity. Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared the patroness of the Americas. Juan died on May 30, 1548, at the age of 74. He was beatified in 1990 and canonized on July 31, 2002 by Pope John Paul II at the Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico City. He is the first Roman Catholic indigenous Ameri- can saint. Saint Juan Diego's feast day is celebrated on December 9. Devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe spread through- out Mexico and the Spanish-speaking Americas, and increasingly throughout the world: As a result, the Basilica of Guadalupe, located at the foot of Tepeyac Hill, is now one of the world's major centers of pilgrim- age for Roman Catholics, receiving 22 mil- lion visitors in 2010. Annual East Boston Winter Market -- A Success -- East Boston Main Streets would like to thank all participants of the first annual East Boston Winter Market held last Saturday, December 6th. Residents and visitors alike visited the participating Winter Market sites: Maver- ick Marketplace, East Boston Kitchen, Atlantic Works, and the East Boston Neigh- borhood Health Center where local artists and artisans were displaying their creations and selling their wares. "It is heartening to see folks from the neighborhood out and about supporting our local businesses and artists. We hope to build on this year's success and grow the East Boston Winter Market in the years to come," says Max Gruner, Executive Direc- tor of East Boston Main Streets. -- Mary N. DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at www.allthatzazz.eom. Mary is a third-generation cosmetolo- gist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or -- FOR YOU WHO APPRECIATE THE FINEST -- THE MUSIC FOR ALL OCCASIONS 781-648-5678 All the glory that was Rome ..... 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