A Mexican Posada

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Let me tell you driving to and in Mexico city at night is a real challenge that I will not want to repeat. This did allow us to spend two more days with the Dymonds. They had invited us to join their family’s first Posada.

In many countries, the 12 Days of Christmas are recognized, but in Mexico, it’s the nine days of posadas leading up to Christmas Eve − Noche Buena (Holy Night). This Posada was a reenactment of the story of Joseph and Mary trying to find shelter. During the posada the hosts act as the inn keepers while their guests act as the pilgrims (los peregrinos). They go door to door and keep being turned away. They walk holding candles and take turns singing verses to each other.

(Pilgrims, outside)

“Mi nombre es José, “My name is Joseph,
Mi esposa es María. My wife is Mary.
y madre va ser, and mother to be
del Divino Verbo.” of the Divine Word.”

(Inn keepers, inside)

“Posada os brindo, “The inn I give you,
Santos Peregrinos, pilgrim saints,
y disculpa os pido, and offer an apology,
no os reconocía.” for not recognizing you.”

Traditional Mexican pinatas are designed in the shape of a seven-point star and are made of cardboard or a clay pot. They are covered with paper mache and decorated with crepe paper. The points represent the seven deadly sins that need to be destroyed by the ‘sinner’ who is blindfolded as in blind faith. To conquer sin they try to hit the piñata with a stick to break it open and bestow ‘blessings’in the form of candy. After the pinatas are opened you can then enjoy a Christmas Mexican drink called Ponche, a delicious, hot fruit punch containing a spicy blend of seasonal fruits, cinnamon, and sometimes a shot of rum.

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