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Christmas in Mexico

Posted by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 1:50 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
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Rain2Rinse
by Gold Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM
I've actually taken part in this celebration. It is a lot of fun.
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keeckhardt
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM
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Interesting. We have a Hispanic family down the block and they really celebrate!!!
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2lilmamas
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM
Sounds great.
Hannahsmommy816
by Platinum Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

 sounds like so much fun!!

Supervane
by Bronze Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM
I'm in Mexico right now I came for a family Posada. And haven't gone back. The kids put on a pastorela play

Let me just say we've never ever had turkey or ham Lol. We always cook outside we had menudo and tamales. Cooked on a nice open fire
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Supervane
by Bronze Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM
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Posada

Here we are asking for Posada. we recreate when the virgin Mary and Joseph went to inns asking for a place to stay. We sing and walk with candles. this was my husbands first time celebrating a Posada in Mexico.

That's my smily self in the gray blazer. As you can see alot of us are sporting confetti flakes the kids got a hold of it before we put it in the piñata
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nngmommy83
by Gold Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 3:09 PM
Sounds fun!
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nngmommy83
by Gold Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 3:09 PM
Haha yeah we make tamales too! Yummy!


Quoting Supervane:

I'm in Mexico right now I came for a family Posada. And haven't gone back. The kids put on a pastorela play

Let me just say we've never ever had turkey or ham Lol. We always cook outside we had menudo and tamales. Cooked on a nice open fire

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Supervane
by Bronze Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM
Yeah I'm still eating left overs. I feel fat now. I had lost 13 lbs and I must have gained them back already during this visit with my family.


Quoting nngmommy83:

Haha yeah we make tamales too! Yummy!




Quoting Supervane:

I'm in Mexico right now I came for a family Posada. And haven't gone back. The kids put on a pastorela play

Let me just say we've never ever had turkey or ham Lol. We always cook outside we had menudo and tamales. Cooked on a nice open fire


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.ChiMama.
by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I love posadas and the Pinatas! My grandma used to make pozole for me when i was there.

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