It’s that time of year again when the stores are full of Christmas decorations, Hanukkah menorahs, Kwanzaa kinaras, and gift ideas for him and her; while images of snow covered Christmas trees, Santas and reindeer pervade. Whether you like simplicity or love all the colorful festivities, the holiday season is sure to make an impact.
Christmas in your Mexican home away from home is somewhat different to what you might expect back in the United States or Canada, although many of the traditions from north of the border have made their way into the Mexican traditions, such as Santa Claus and Christmas trees. In Mexico, however, Christmas is more clearly a religious festival, with nativity scenes on show, reenactments of the birth of Jesus in town plazas and advent parties known as posadas which mimic the path of Joseph and Mary, heavily pregnant with the baby Jesus, as they search for a place to stay in the town of Bethlehem.
Another difference you might notice about a Mexican Christmas is that the big Christmas feast happens on Christmas Eve, known as Noche Buena, on December 24th rather than during the day on December 25th. The festivities start early evening with the last posada, celebrating way into the early hours of the morning. Rather than a turkey dinner, you are more likely to find cod, pork or beef served. Additionally, Children don’t get so many gifts on Christmas Day, rather, their turn is on the Three Kings Day on January 6th, when children all over Mexico will leave a shoe outside their door on January 5th so that the Three Kings can come to leave presents next to it. This festival symbolizes the biblical nativity story in which three kings traveled to see the newborn baby Jesus, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
At Villa del Palmar Cancun, Club Caribe members with reservations for the holidays can expect to enjoy a delicious special menu in all of the restaurants on both December 24th and December 25th, with special activities in the kids club related to the festive season. For New Year’s Eve, Caprichos restaurant will be host to Caribbean Extravaganza, a delicious dinner with Cuban entertainment to get you in the mood for the new year, followed by a White Party.