The courtyard of their home is decorated with a Christmas tree (a concept that was imported from the United States), the traditional "nacimiento" or Nativity scene, and poinsettias, a flower which is native to Mexico. (In Spanish they are called "flor de Nochebuena"... Christmas Eve flower.)
After dinner we all began the preparations for "Las Posadas", the traditional Mexican celebrations which are held on the nine nights prior to Christmas. Alejandro's family is hosting a neighborhood "posada" on Wednesday evening. We made up the "aguinaldos", the little goodie bags that are given out to the children.
|(photo taken by Alejandro)
I will be attending Wednesday night's "posada". It will be the first time that I have participated in one. I will tell you more about this most Mexican of Christmas traditions in a future post.