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 piƱatas 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 1:50 PM
Replies (21-30):
by Gold Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:31 PM

I freaking wish I was spending Christmas in Mexico.

by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 10:37 PM
My son married a Mexican woman and this is there first Christmas together, they live 2000 miles away I hope they are having fun and she teaches him her traditions.
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by Sandra on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Interesting thanks for sharing

by Ruby Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM


by Brian's Lil Vixen on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:16 PM

I miss menudo...My Tia made it best..

by Platinum Member on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Gasp I love flan
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by Colleen on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Lotta spice!

by June on Dec. 11, 2012 at 6:48 AM

Interesting.  Thanks for sharing.

by Desiree on Dec. 11, 2012 at 10:16 AM

 interesting thanks

by Amy on Dec. 11, 2012 at 2:39 PM

 TFS!  So interesting :)

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