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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 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
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jessicasmom1
by Bronze Member on Dec. 11, 2012 at 2:44 PM

thanks interesting 

taniamorse85
by Gold Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM

What a feast!


For the second year, I'm making tamales as part of our family Christmas meal.  They aren't the easiest thing to make (assembly can be frustrating!), but they are so worth it.  Homemade tamales are awesome!

Mami2oneboy
by Platinum Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 1:27 AM
We do similar things too
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Hottmomma607
by Trica on Dec. 12, 2012 at 2:14 AM
Mmmmm yummy the menu!!
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inmybizz
by Gold Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 6:52 AM

sounds fun!

elasmimi
by Ruby Member on Dec. 12, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and our Spanish community is preparing a meal and celebration for the parish. Hope it is as good as this looks!

SweetLuci
by Luci on Dec. 12, 2012 at 7:31 AM

 What fun!

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

 

SweetLuci
by Luci on Dec. 12, 2012 at 7:34 AM

 Feast Day celebrations are such fun.

Quoting elasmimi:

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and our Spanish community is preparing a meal and celebration for the parish. Hope it is as good as this looks!

 

alliesmom112
by Sandy on Dec. 12, 2012 at 9:56 AM

My SIL make tamales every year for Christmas. they are so yummy

nana9106
by on Dec. 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

 Sound really cool! I would love that

PS: That is all my favorite foods :)

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