Christmas in Mexico
Come along and uncover
the Mexican Christmas
celebrations, and the
precious traditions of their
cultur...
The Birth of Baby Jesus
• Las Posadas are a Mexican
tradition carried out
during the Christmas
holidays by a group of
peop...
Journey to Belen (Bethlehem)
• Joseph was a descendent
of David and born in
Belen. They traveled there
to be counted in th...
Las Posadas- A Celebration
• Las Posadas begins
December 16 and lasts 9
days.
• There are many parties and
candlelight par...
Las Posadas
• Today Las Posadas begins with a parade led by
people that dress up as Joseph, Mary, angels and
shepherds. Th...
Las Posadas
• The leader carries a candle in a paper
lantern.
• At the door the children ask, “Posada?”
which means, “Shel...
Las Posadas
• Finally, the person who answers the door at
the “inn” lets them in.
• Everyone enters to pray around the
nat...
Breaking the Piñata

• Breaking the Piñata symbolizes abundance for
the whole year; may it bring happiness, food,
and well...
The Food
• Traditional food is
served including
tamales, champurro,
Arroz con leche and
Bunelos.
FELIZ NAVIDAD y
PROSPERO ANO
NUEVO
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  1. 1. Christmas in Mexico Come along and uncover the Mexican Christmas celebrations, and the precious traditions of their culture!
  2. 2. The Birth of Baby Jesus • Las Posadas are a Mexican tradition carried out during the Christmas holidays by a group of people who get together to honor the birth of Jesus Christ. • It represents the journey made by Joseph and the Virgin Mary when Jesus was born.
  3. 3. Journey to Belen (Bethlehem) • Joseph was a descendent of David and born in Belen. They traveled there to be counted in the census ordained by the emperor Augustus. • Since Mary was pregnant, they had to find shelter on their way to Belen. • When they couldn’t find any, they had to settle for a barn that somebody offered them.
  4. 4. Las Posadas- A Celebration • Las Posadas begins December 16 and lasts 9 days. • There are many parties and candlelight parades to honor the birth of Jesus. • Las Posadas (meaning lodge or inn) is a celebration where children in Mexico gather each afternoon to put on a play about Mary and Joseph’s travels to Bethlehem.
  5. 5. Las Posadas • Today Las Posadas begins with a parade led by people that dress up as Joseph, Mary, angels and shepherds. They go door to door. • The people carry candles and lanterns to light the way, since it begins after dark. • They may carry poinsettias or holy images. • Mary may even ride a real donkey!
  6. 6. Las Posadas • The leader carries a candle in a paper lantern. • At the door the children ask, “Posada?” which means, “Shelter?” • Like Mary and Joseph, they are seeking a place to stay and are often told there is no more room.
  7. 7. Las Posadas • Finally, the person who answers the door at the “inn” lets them in. • Everyone enters to pray around the nativity scene and celebrate. • They enjoy a special meal, dancing, and a piñata.
  8. 8. Breaking the Piñata • Breaking the Piñata symbolizes abundance for the whole year; may it bring happiness, food, and well being to those around us.
  9. 9. The Food • Traditional food is served including tamales, champurro, Arroz con leche and Bunelos.
  10. 10. FELIZ NAVIDAD y PROSPERO ANO NUEVO

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