Christmas in Mexico!

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Christmas in Mexico!

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1. The official name of Mexico is the United Mexican States.2. Mexico is the 11th most populated country in the world. With around 177 million people.3. Mexico introduced chocolate, corn and chile to the world.4. Mexico is home to the volcano rabbit, a very rare rabbit that lives near Mexican volcanoes.

Feliz Navidad!

Rosca de Reyes

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Mexico's Christmas is slightly different from our Christmas. All of Mexico's Christmas traditions are firmly based on Jesus' birth. Christmas in Mexico is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th. Santa comes on different days in different parts of Mexico. Christmas Eve in Mexico is known as Noche Buena and is a family day. Plays to resemble the birth of Christ are very common in Mexico. From December 16th to Christmas Eve, children often perform Posada. Posada is a Spanish word and means lodging or inn. There are usually nine Posadas, they celebrate the part of the Christmas story where Mary and Joseph looked for a place to stay. Another play that is often presentented is the Pastorelas. They usually show stories of the shepherds and are often very funny.Decorations in Mexico can be compared to ours. Nativity scenes are very common in Mexico. These nativity scenes are ususally huge, some figures are even life size. They are called nacimentos in Mexico, pictured to the left. Christmas trees are slowly becoming more popular, but the nacimiento is the most important decoration. Mexico has very different foods from us in general and also on Christmas. Pictured to the right is the Rosca de Reyes. It is also known as the kings cake. A tradition is to hid a plastic figuirne of baby Jesus inside and whoever finds it has good luck for a year.

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