Mexican Christmas Traditions: In the true flavor of Mexico, the Mexican Christmas celebrations aren’t reduced to a simple family unit, but instead includes their communal neighborhood: friends, family, neighborhood, and church.
On December16th, thus begins the first of nine days of las Posadas :
“Miguel, stop wriggling.”
“But, you stuck me, Angelina.”
” I won’t, if you stop. We must get ready for the posada It is a great honor to be chosen to carry Joseph on the first night of the posada. You must do a good job of asking for shelter at the houses we go to,”
” I will, Angelina. You are right. It is a great honor, but I like carrying the candles that light our way better.”
” Remember, Miguel, on the Christmas eve when Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary had to ask for shelter at many inns before they found the stable to sleep in. that is why we travel from house to house.”
” The parade is fun, but I think I like the party and the piñatas the best.
“Let’s go, Miguel, our costumes are ready.”
When the parade reaches the final house, they, Miguel (Joseph) and Angelina ( Mary), are not turned away but accepted. The whole parade enters this chosen house, and the host leads them in prayers. Then the party begins. They feast, dance, and play games. Always a piñata is included. Often in wealthy homes there is two or three, and sometimes there are trick pinatas that contain flour or sawdust. These parties often last till very early in the morning. No wonder, the children love the posadas.
Mexican Christmas Traditions:
One of the favorite decoration of the Christmas season is the nacimiento(nativity scene). They are prominently displayed in every home and village. Some are as simple as figures made from colored paper and others are very elaborate. They do not place the Three Wise Men in them until the eve of the Epiphany.
La Noche Buena (the good night) follows the last posada. This is their Christmas Eve and the Misa de Noche Buena Midnight Mass is one of the important Mexican Christmas traditions. Nearly everyone attends, and afterwards, relatives and close friends will gather at one home for a large feast.
Because they reserve the day for the celebration of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, most do not exchange gifts on Christmas day.
Mexican children instead of writing to Santa Claus write to one of the three kings: Melchor, Gaspar, or Baltasar.
On January 5th, the eve of El Dia de Reyes(the Epiphany) , the Mexican Christmas Traditions are: First to place the Wise Men into the family nacimento, and second to place their shoes out for the Three Wise Men to leave them a gift or two. Some children will even leave our food for the Three Wise Men and fodder for their camels.
They serve Rosca de Reyes on this night and by tradition they place a small figurine in the cake. The finder, who receives the slice of cake with the figurine, hosts the dinner on the closing of the Christmas Season on February 2nd.
Feliz Navidad Merry Christmas
Rosca de Reyes
1 yeast packet dissolved into 1/4 cup of warm milk.
Cream: 1 stick of butter
3/4 cup of sugar
mix in the milk and add: 3 cups of flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp anise
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped raisins.
Kneed on a floured board, brush with melted butter and allow to rise in a warm location.
After a couple of hours, kneed again and cover with bits of candied fruit.
You can chose from candied figs, cherries, orange, lemon, and citron (which I personally do not care for)
Use a couple of Tablespoons of each.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.
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