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Christmas in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Ajijic, Jalisco

How long have you lived there?

23 years

If locals celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah where you are living now, how is it celebrated differently?

The birth of Christ is the main focus of most celebrations here. Most of the celebration in my pueblo takes place on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is a very quiet day.

Do you mix your own traditions with those of your expat location? If so, describe.

I am afraid so. I see Christmas lights, ornaments, Santa Claus, etc. everywhere these days. Walmart has introduced commercialism everywhere.

What is your favorite thing about celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah in your overseas location?

The most interesting observance I have seen is "Christmas Around the World" in the churchyard on December 24. Many couples with newborns depict the nativity scene live with backgrounds from various countries. It is a very interesting evening.

Beside family and friends, what do you miss from home during the holidays?

Nothing.

How is New Year's typically celebrated in your expat location?

Many of my neighbors have street celebrations. Residents of a city block will fire up a bonfire on the corner with music, canned or live. There is a kettle of cinnamon tea spiked with whatever is proferred and fireworks at midnight.

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guest
Nov 16, 2010 13:05

If i might interject myself into this conversation; i lived in mexico for a while myslef (gomez farius-barrio, just outside Puerta Vallarta, Jalisco) and found that the Mexican people celebrate more on Christmas eve. In our neihborhood the street was blocked off from end to end, a d.j. brought in, plenty of food from all the neighbors, and every family with children (our's being one) supplied a pinyata (sorry about the spelling). There is a specific name for the event that was done on other blocks as well. (i'm sorry but it escapes me at the moment)The "party" goes on til the we hours. Christmas day itself is quiet, and rather like any other day, but nonetheless, it was great to be apart of.

evalina
Dec 5, 2016 08:32

Christmas Eve is called Noche Buena. It is the day before Christmas Day called Navidad, which marks the birth of Jesus. Poinsettias, or Christmas Eve flowers called Noche Buena are displayed in many homes. Most Mexicans attend church masses and come home to family dinners which include Christmas Eve salad called ensalada de Noche Buena & tamales. This begins the Christmas season. 12 days after Christmas children get presents from the three wise kings on the Day of the Holy Kings called Día de los Santos Reyes on January 6. Also known as the Epiphany. This remembers the wise men or Magi bringing Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense & myrrh On only this day you can buy pan dulce (sweet bread) called Rosca de Reyes. It is very large, (the length of your arm) round as an allusion to a King’s crown (the shape of a wreath) baked with a figure of baby Jesus inside. The person whose slice has the figurine (which I got the 1st time celebrating Día de los Santos Reyes) is supposed to have a party/dinner of tamales for everyone on the Day of the Candles or Candlemas on Feb. 2 called Día de la Candelaria” & there is a special church service/mass. This is forty days after Christmas & ends the holiday season.

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