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Mexican Christmas Traditions Checklist: What Do You Do?

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Mexican Christmas Traditions Checklist: What Do You Do?

Now is the season for posadas, villancicos, and tamales. It’s Christmastime! Mexicans know what I mean! If not, no worries! Our “Mexican Christmas Checklist” will introduce you to Mexican Christmas traditions, music, and food.

Match Your Family’s Activities with Mexican Holiday Traditions?

Attend Christmas Eve Mass → Va a la misa de Nochebuena.

Mexican Christmas customs emphasizes mass, or misa. Mass is a great way to get dressed up, celebrate with family, and glorify Jesus (alabanza) as most Mexicans are Catholic!

  1. Eating at Grandma’s House → At the grandmother’s house.

Christmas dinner is at Abuela’s. Generations gather to await their food coma.

  1. Sing “Las posadas” checklist You must sing them.

Las posadas, or “The inns”, is a 9-day Mexican custom that commemorates Joseph and Mary’s search for a secure spot to give birth to Jesus. Hardcore Christmas families will host parties every night from December 16th to 24th in different homes.

Traditionally, guests sang to “ask for a place to stay” (pedirposadas) and invite hosts in. Traditional “posadas” food and piñatas are provided by uncles and aunts for children and adults.

  1. Break a Christmas piñata → Rompe una navideña.

Did I mention piñatas? A Mexican party is incomplete without a piñata. Christmas piñatas are star-shaped and stocked with candy and toys for youngsters to enjoy.

Mexican Christmas Traditions

  1. Sing lullabies to “The Child God” → Arrullas al Niño Dios.

Is your abuela Mexican if her house doesn’t have a Nativity scene? This is vital! Mexican homes often have miniature or life-size nativity scenes depicting Mary and Joseph’s stable. The family sings lullabies to Jesus while rocking him in a manta, thanking and welcoming him to the world. Whole Christmas production!

  1. Play Secret Santa → Juegas Amigo Secreto.

Exchange is called intercambio. Everyone anonymously chooses a family member to buy a gift before Christmas. Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) is when everyone opens their gifts!

Consume Tamales Constantly → Tamales sin parar.

Christmas Eve is for tamale lovers! There is plenty of good food, but the tamales, a Mesoamerican dish of dough steamed in a corn husk, often steal the show.

Pork and salsa roja tamales

Cheese-and-salsa verde tamales

Sweet pineapple, guava, or chocolate tamales

Tamale mole (hot sauce with Mexican curry, cacau)

  1. Food on Christmas Day: Leftovers Recalenta 25.

Mexicans call the 25th national leftovers (recalentado) day. The family reunites for eating, singing, and more eating.

  1. You listen to Christmas music all month → Escucha villancicos.

Mexican Christmas songs are villancicos. These top Christmas oldies will be played!

Feliz Navidad with Spotify: Mexican Christmas Music

Sabanero Burrito

About Campana

Rio’s Peces

El Nino Nacido

Night of Peace

Path to Belen

Vamos Pastores Vamos

Enjoy a Mexican Christmas this holiday season!

You did well on the checklist? If your family does something not included, tell us! Share in the comments.

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