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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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Mi Inspiración

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Why I need to write all this? What kind of inspiration can I use for this blog? Well, I was thinking the easiest way and also something that my friends can use it. And my “idea” had born.

My friends (a few of them) they want to learn Spanish in the short free time when they are not working, so, i feel that it’s a good idea produce some “podcasts” and my friends can use it with the “ipod” or any mp3 player. I’ll like to make some videos for learn some vocabulary (basic words). And also with the new generations with ipod nano, you can see videos, so, while you are going to work you can listen some podcast (sound or video) on the skytrain or bus and the end of the day you can learn unless one word per day. That sounds great!

Also I want to share my culture from Mexico and all the wonderful places that Mexico has and sometimes the “travel agencies” never show to the people.

I want to show a lot of staff like the food, the places, the good things and bad things of Mexico, the other side of Latin films, music and an endless number of ideas that want to share for my friends and the people who can find me online.

So, with the purpose of create this new blog, I can be happy in different ways: one with my school, two with my friends, and tree with me, because this makes me practice more my English and my grammar.

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