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The Christmas in Mexico is wonderful, the people, the dinner with the family, all greet, you can see in the markets selling crafts, gifts, food, piñatas, etc.

We drink punch (ponche) prepared with non-alcoholic fruit of the season (cane, orange, lime, tejocotes).

Depending on where you live can changes a little bit, but all they have the same purpose. Remember the birth of the child Jesus.

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Las Posadas

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Posada is a kind of representation of the Virgin and Joseph and when they needed a place to sleep (this is call it posada) and that place the baby Jesus born.

So a group of people will walk from house to house singing something like this:

In the name of heaven,
Os pido posada …

Until they reach the house that will give the feast and accepted, starting the piñatas, food, music, and games.

Las Piñatas

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Another element key is The Piñata, with singing of the litany song, traditional games, sweets and beverages of the season.

The piñatas are rooted in the colonial era when Mexican Franciscan friars seeking to replace the pagan festivals. The piñata represents the sin, as it always piñata is colorful and pretty, and we were introduced sin into the world as something attractive. A piñata must be hit with a stick, what means the strength that God gives us in his gospel to combat the sin, the person who sticks the piñata is blindfolded and must therefore guess where is the piñata, what means that in the world we are going to “blind” against the sin. At the moment that the piñata breaks, fall fruits and sweets that are within it, symbolizing the premiosy blessings that God gives us to overcome the sin.

 

Los Aguinaldos

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Also there are the bonuses (aguinaldos), can be divided into the Posadas and In Christmas Night and can be prepare with candies of the season (collation), walnuts, pineapple, tejocotes, peanuts and sometimes cookies, and distributed to all participants.

La Rama (the branch) en Veracruz

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Then we are going from house to house singing-wondering if the family wanted to hear whether the branch and said that yes, sang and gave us money. Usually we did before they started the lodges, December 16, but sometimes we continued beyond that date.

The problem is that I do not remember the lyrics of the song. I know that changed depending on who sang it. Sometimes it was longer, sometimes more cortita (short), but there were some parts that always stays.

About the song La Rama, this is the lyrics of the song:

SPANISH

Naranjas y limas
limas y limones
más linda la Virgen que todas las flores

En un portalito
de cal y de arena
nació Jesucristo
por la Nochebuena

Zacatito verde
lleno de rocío
el que no se tape
se muere de frío

Y dependiendo de si se le da algo a la rama se canta:

Ya se va la rama
muy agradecida
porque en esta casa fue bien recibida
Pasen buenas noches, así les deseamos
pasen buenas noches, nosotros nos vamos.

O si no le toca nada a la rama, pues…

Ya se va la rama
muy desconsolada
porque en esta casa no le dieron nada
Pasen buenas noches, así les deseamos…

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ENGLISH

Oranges and limes
Limes and lemons
More Beautiful Virgin compare with all flowers

In a little house of
Lime and sand
Jesus Christ was born
In Christmas night

Green little grass
Filled with dew
Who doesn’t keep warm
Can die from cold

And depending on if something is given to La Rama (the branch) is sung:

It’s leaving the branch
Very grateful
Because this house was well received
Spend goodnight and wish them
Goodnight pass, we are going now.

Or if you do not get anything in La Rama (the branch) because …

It’s leaving the branch
Very bereaved
Because in this house did not give anything
Spend good evening, we wish them well …

 

I would like to clarify that I was born in the state of Veracruz, where there is such a tradition as in Yucatan, and is conducted in the days before Christmas. After the Christmas presents in Veracruz another tradition very similar but with a different song, which is called ‘The Old Man’ (El Viejo), where children masquerade of an elderly bearded white cane and bent, representing the past year.

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A few days ago were the presentation of Mascots 2010.They are original but rare at the same time. They are 3 Mascots with the names of Sumi Quatchi Miga but definitely I love the virtual mascot with the name of mukmuk who helps the others 3 guys to do something, I don’t know exactly what kind of help but is like the guy how does the boring job like buy tickets or make the line to the mountain.

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However the entire mascots are fabulous and fantastic, I took some pictures with them, I felt like kid in that moment. (isn’t truth, but Sumi reminds me of the typical chihuahua dog , because, at first figured it was a chihuahua dog… jajaja)

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Mukmuk

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Also with this event my memory was refreshing old moments of my life. And I remember the Mascot for the Copa Mundial de Fútbol de 1986 (Football World Cup 1986). And guess who was it? Or what was it? Well, The mascot was a Jalapeno yeap! I typical chile from Mexico, also if you didn’t know there is a place in Mexico with the name of Xalapa and the people who lives there are call them “jalapenos” and is truth. His name is Pique, Pique comes from picante (spicy).

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Pique

I was searching online but I cant find who created this logo or mascot, just I found on a document and said that the Mexicans felt that the mascot was an insult but with time they change the point of view and also the mascot was one of the famous mascots and icons at that time.

And just for a little comment, yes!, at work sometimes I hate that everybody think that I eat everything with jalapenos or another kind of chiles, I know that my culture has a wonderful spicy food but that doest mean that I can drink jalapeno’s milkshake or jalapeno’s cake! Hello! Sometimes you cant get tired with this, but please if you are friend of some Mexican stop to compare with a jalapeno, believe me, makes me feel uncomfortable.

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