10 Food Traditions Mexicans Enjoy During Christmas

Categories: Mexi Meals

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A Mexican Nativity scene, in all its glory...
Over this week and next--and really, since the beginning of the month--everyone across the United States has engaged in Christmas food festivities, even if you're not a Christian. For us Mexicans, we have the best of both worlds: not only do we get to go to holiday parties, not only do we indulged in work potlucks, but we get to return home nearly every day to a gluttony that won't end until January because Jesus says so. From pozole to rompope to non-stop tamales, here are 10 food signs that show it's a Mexican Christmas.

10. You Become the Most Popular Person at Work

Um, yeah...

Because after a while, gabachos start tiring of casseroles, fried shit, fruit cake, and all the other things they buy at the store.

9. The Kids Wonder Why the Adults Drink Rompope

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Throughout the year, one of these bad girls is stored at the back of a cabinet, never touched until December. At some point in the year, all boys climb up to grab it, take a taste of its viscous glories, and never drink it again.

8. Posadas Go Non-Stop...

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The reason for the season

Posadas are recreations of the journey Joseph and Mary took to Bethlehem, in which they were rejected again and again before reaching the magical manger. Most Mexican barrios host one type of posada or other daily in the weeks leading up to Christmas Eve. While the actual journey doesn't involve food, the last house visited is expected to invite everyone in with a huge food feast.


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18 comments
vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Neat article. Was just sitting around wondering if mexicans here did the whole christmas tree, ham, presents under the tree, tell santa claus what you want thing. Do they for the most part?

Lon Hall
Lon Hall

I wonder how the "Murcans" screwed up that one too. Rosca de Reyes for Mardi Gras?! DOH!! Who are the kings referred to? The Magi! What is the traditional date associated with them (and rosca de reyes in many, many countries)? Epiphany! At least they kept the tradition of baking an infant Jesus inside.

Mary Kay Trahan
Mary Kay Trahan

My husband is from Michoacan. We usually have mex style BBQ for Xmas. We do make ponche and always have rosca for kings day. I think it depends on where you live and whether or not you can buy the ingredients. Our family in mex eats BBQ or birria for Xmas (not tamales). Merry Christmas!

Veronica Ramos
Veronica Ramos

Here in San Anto, every family that has been here for at least a couple of generations eat tamales this time of year. Not just Chicanos pero Anglos and African American too.

Paul Verdin Griezmann
Paul Verdin Griezmann

Our Beloved CATHOLIC Church festivities, ...mañanitas a La Virgen ..posadas ...tamales and our beautiful Christian heritage--Misa at midnight at our local Catholic Church..what a joy to be Mexican-American :)

Bonnie Garcia Iseminger
Bonnie Garcia Iseminger

Ha my parents would fill the piñatas with oranges and peanuts. En la madre when all the oranges came down. Good times.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Just when I thought I'd get through one of Gus' columns without clicking on my Dictionary app… "In" "de" "fa" "ti""ga" "ble"? WTF? LOL pinche Gus and his big words.

Edward Allison
Edward Allison

Except for the Pozole and the tamales those must be California things.

Arturo Robles
Arturo Robles

Oh soo right on Rompope..drank too much of it in my youth..i have not touched Rompope in years.

Rafæl Martinez
Rafæl Martinez

¿Bolo? Did you mean "Aguinaldos" perhaps? Bolo is after the Baptism ceremony...¿Y donde quedaron las Piñatas?

Charlotte Garcia Pennell
Charlotte Garcia Pennell

The only ones I could relate to were the pozole and tamales, the others are not traditions in my family. I have not even heard of most of them.

lonhall
lonhall

oh, heart be still! Adoro la birria!! Euprefirodecabramaisdo quedecordeiro

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