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Appreciating a Mexican Christmas
When it comes to the holidays, you will find that few compare to an authentic Mexican Christmas. Taking the holidays seriously starts with celebrating this special time of the year in style. More than a tree and stocking are necessary to appreciate the best holiday season on the planet celebrated in the pure joy by which it was intended.
Las Posadas is a candlelight procession which starts on December 16. Ending on Christmas Day, Las Posadas is a time of joyful journeys and new beginnings. Children depict the struggle of the holy family on their quest for lodging in the birthplace of Christ, Bethlehem. A sacred festival involving not only the family but the whole town, this is a celebration that will bring people together regardless of age or socioeconomic status.
Las Pastorelas celebrates the Christ Child’s birth in a lighthearted manner with much celebration and humor. This is often referred to as the “Shepherd’s Play” because it represented the shepherds journey to follow the star to the Christ Child. Filled with lots of good messages, you will find this is the time of year where good always triumphs over evil.
Los Santos Innocentes is remembered on December 28. This is a commemoration of the death of all male infants as ordered by King Herod. Today, many people celebrate this day as a sort of April Fool’s Day with plenty of pranks and jokes being played on everyone. Generally, this is fun in nature with a serious message attached. An important day to remember in the spirit of the season!
A Mexican Christmas is a time of jubilant celebration and joy. Never falling short of reasons to celebrate, this is the time of year where anything is possible and gifts abound. One popular type of gift remains a time honored tradition: food.
Salsas are popular simply because of the delicious nature of this delicacy. In addition, salsa can be vibrantly colored to add to the festive nature of the season. Add in multi-colored tortilla chips and you have a snack in the perfect spirit of the season! A natural and authentic salsa is best, but you can make your own with some of the delicious recipes found online today. Simply insure you use fresh fruit and vegetables with no vinegar or added salt for a healthy addition to any day.
Another dish popular is enchiladas. Wonderful meat filled tortillas make this a wonderful addition to any evening. Add in cheese for a true Tex-Mex original. Of course, these can also be prepared days in advance and frozen until needed. Simply heat up and you have a dinner fit for a king. Another great reason to trust on enchiladas is that everyone loves a good enchilada!
When it comes to a Mexican Christmas, you will find that you have an experience ahead of you that will become a family tradition. Celebrating one day is no longer an option, because everyday is special when it comes to this important holiday. Enjoy many festivals and many cuisines in your search for the perfect in holiday spirit. Feliz Navidad!
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