In Mexico, the Christmas celebration begins nine days before December 25 with Las Posadas. During this time the people in the town go to a different home each night. At each home the story of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter at the inn is acted out.

 

Piñatas are a fun part of the Christmas celebration. Piñatas are figures made out of clay or paper-mache decorated with paper. Children use a stick to try to break the pinata. When one child breaks the piñata, all the children are rewarded with a "rainfall" of candy and small toys.

 

During Christmas time the poinsettia flower is by far the most popular among all the Christmas flowers. There is a legend that the poinsettia plant formed miraculously one Christmas Eve from a little girl's only gift to the baby Jesus at her church's midnight service; a bunch of weeds. Also popular, are luminarios. These are small, decoratively cut paper bags lit with small candles.

 

Santos or creche figures are an important part of a Mexican Christmas. The figures are used to recreate the nativity scene at the town's church. At midnight, on Christmas Eve, all the people in the town make a grand procession to the church to lay gifts before the manger and to celebrate Midnight Mass.

 

Here are some craft ideas you may want to try

to celebrate a Mexican Christmas:

 

Make a Poinsettia

Make a Piñata

 

 

 

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