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Christmas in Mexico

Posted by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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How do Mexicans celebrate Christmas?

Mexicans celebrate the birth of Jesus with las Posadas, nine days of preparation during which the story of the Nativity is reenacted each day. These days lead up to Noche Buena (Holy Night) or Christmas Eve. Most families go to mass, then head home for dinner with family and friends. The highlight of the evening is placing Baby Jesus in the manger in the Nativity scene.

To prepare for the celebration, the house is decorated with pottery; bowls of fruit; brightly colored paper ornaments; colorful confetti; tinsel-trimmed maracas; star-shaped piñatas filled with oranges, tangerines, peanuts, and candy canes; red, green, and silver tablecloths; small lanterns and candles; and, of course, a Nativity scene.

The spread for Feliz Navidad includes:

  • Roast turkey, ham, or suckling pig
  • Biscayan cod
  • Tamales
  • Stuffed chili peppers
  • Wild greens in mole sauce
  • Atole (beverage made from corn)
  • Chili con queso with chips
  • Guacamole with flakes of red bell pepper "confetti"
  • Ensalada de Navidad (Christmas fruit salad)
  • Sidra (sparkling cider)
  • Chocolate atole (cinnamon hot chocolate)
  • Ponche con piquete (hot punch of fruits and cinnamon sticks)
  • Bizcochos (holiday cookies)
  • Sweet Christmas fritters
  • Flan
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM
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Steamedpuddle30
by Bronze Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:27 PM
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Posadas are fun to go to. The kids have pinatas.

We eat tamales. Drink atolè also.
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Maky.Medina
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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I am 100% Mexican and i love my culture and the way we celebrate Christmas :)
Family always gets together to make the tamales and we give everyone a job to do, as well as making buñuelos
.

Kimberly954
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 9:37 PM

LOVE LOVE LOVE Flan!!! I dont like to make it but I like to eat it!

periwinkle163
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM

 Sounds like a delicious way to celebrate!

KamsOne
by Jen on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Feliz Navidad!!

delanna6two
by Ruby Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Interesting to learn about Christmas in Mexico:)

Quoting Maky.Medina:

I am 100% Mexican and i love my culture and the way we celebrate Christmas :)
Family always gets together to make the tamales and we give everyone a job to do, as well as making buñuelos
.


goddess99
by Michelle on Dec. 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I would have to stop at McDs on my way home lol.

SweetLuci
by Luci on Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM
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That does sound like fun. 

Quoting Steamedpuddle30:

Posadas are fun to go to. The kids have pinatas.

We eat tamales. Drink atolè also.

 

SweetLuci
by Luci on Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

 Sounds like a great tradition.

Quoting Maky.Medina:

I am 100% Mexican and i love my culture and the way we celebrate Christmas :)
Family always gets together to make the tamales and we give everyone a job to do, as well as making buñuelos
.

 

SweetLuci
by Luci on Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

 

When I lived in Detroit, all the Mexican restaurants served Mexican hot chocolate. It was so good, with a bit of a cinnamon taste. I wish I could have some now.

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