Christmas in Mexico
Christmas is a celebration of Jesus’ birth. Jesus is a figure in the Christian religion. Mexican Christmas season begins on December 16th and goes until January 6th. Ever since the 17th century the Mexican tradition was having red flowers as decorations during Christmas, called Poinsettias. Small children dressed up as shepherds and they act out what happened on Christmas.
On December 16th, each family that celebrates Christmas puts a flower called Poinsettias (a Christmas Eve flower) outside your door.
From December 16th until Christmas Eve there is a posada every night. Posada means “Inn”. A posada is when people re enact Mary and Joseph looking for a place to stay. They visit several neighbors and ask to stay there, but the neighbors say no (but they might give them something to drink). When they get to the last house of the night, they are let into the house. In this house they have a party. They have food, drinks, and break piñatas.
On Christmas Eve they have the biggest party of all and go to mass. After mass they have dinner. A typical Christmas Eve dinner consists of a Christmas Eve salad, wrapped cornmeal dumplings and dried salted codfish.
Las Posadas is when one night, a child is dressed up as an angel who leads a procession throughout the town. The procession is mainly made up of kids dressed in silver robes and golden robes. They carry lit candles and images of of Mary and Joseph riding a donkey. Parents and other adults follow the procession. They visit selected homes and ask for lodging for Joseph and Mary. Traditionally the procession is always refused lodging, though the hosts often serve refreshments and things like that. At each stop they make, passages of scriptures and other things like this are read to the hosts and carols are sung. So, pretty much like us. Only a little different.
Las Posadas, is a nine day celebration. It’s a religious festival celebrated in Mexico between December 16 and 24. Its origin is Spain. It is celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala and portions of the Southwestern United States. Many people take the last two weeks of December off. Las Posadas means “the inn”.