CHRISTMAS IN MEXICO
Mexicans share many traditions with the Spanish. Their main Christmas celebration is called La Posada, which is a
religious procession that reenacts the search for shelter by Joseph and Mary before the birth of Jesus.
During the procession, the celebrants go from house to house carrying the images of Mary and Joseph looking for shelter.
Santa Claus is not predominant, but the bright red suit is represented in the traditional flower of the season.
This flower is the poinsettia, which has a brilliant red star-shaped bloom. It is believed that a young boy walking
to the church to see the nativity scene showing the birth of Jesus had realized on the way that he had no gift to
offer the Christ child so he gathered up some plain green branches as he walked in he was laughed at but upon
placing the branches near the manger they started to bloom a bright red poinsettia flower on each branch.
The Mexican children receive gifts. On Christmas day they are blindfolded and taken to try and break a decorated
clay piņata that dangles and swings at the end of a rope. Once the piņata has been broken, the children clamber
to recover the candy that was inside the piņata. Those children who have been good also on January 6th receive
a gift from the Three Wise Men.
Mexicans attend a midnight mass service which is called la Misa Del Gallo or "the rooster's mass," and at the mass
they sing lullabies to Jesus.
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