Putting a spin on Christmas like no other nation, Mexico is a wonderful place to spend the holidays. While many people in Mexico still adopt some of the customs that are common in the United States such as decorated snow-covered trees and lights, Santa Claus and Rudolph, the religious significance of Christmas is of utmost importance. Christmas in Mexico is an experience in and of itself.
What to Expect of Christmas Vacations in Mexico
If you plan on spending your Christmas vacations in Mexico, then you will surely see Christmas trees and lights decorating boutiques, shops and markets throughout Mexico. One major difference in Mexico is that they celebrate on Christmas Eve, which is the 24th, instead of the 25th, which is Christmas day. Families come together to enjoy the last ‘posada’ or the last meal where traditional Mexican foods and drinks are served until the early morning hours of Christmas morning. A few gifts will be exchanged at this time, but nothing like in the UK, Canada, and the United States. The importance for families in Mexico is to spend time together.
The Three Kings / Three Wise Men
Another tradition you can expect to see if your spend your Christmas vacations in Mexico is the feast of Los Tres Magos or the Three Kings, which occurs on January 6th. This is the time when children are traditionally given their Christmas gifts. This celebration is to honor the journey of the three kings that went to see the birth of Jesus.Children put their shoes outside by the door and wait for kings to leave their gifts there.
Rosca de Reyes
Along with giving gifts, in Mexico there is a special treat that is celebrated on the Three Kinds Day, and that is the Rosca de Reyes. The Rosca de Reyes is shaped to resemble a king’s crown. The sweet bread will have a baby Jesus placed inside, then everyone will try to avoid cutting a slice of sweet bread and find the baby Jesus. If you get slice with a the baby inside, this means that you will be hosting the Dia de Candelaria or the Candlemas Day, which occurs on February 2nd. At this celebration, the main dish is tamales for all the guests.
If you are planning your Christmas vacations in Mexico, then you will be able to experience Christmas the way the residents do in Mexico. You can purchase your very own Rosca de Reyes, then have it on Christmas Eve. Christmas in Mexico is a special time that you will truly enjoy.