Today we are surrounded by many people from distinct cultures and backgrounds. Aside from what the years have changed in society, most cultures still celebrate their heritage culture. I, for one of many, fall into that category. Being Hispanic we are very familiar with having big families, meaning that during the holidays there is something always going on. Therefore Christmas time is my personal favorite time of the year. We celebrate it with all the family gathering, food, Posada, and “El Dia de Los Reyes”. We celebrate Christmas by what is called the “Mexican Christmas”, which I’m sure many Hispanics are familiar with as well since it is a huge part of our culture and heritage.
We start off Christmas on December 16th with an event leading up to Christmas Eve called “Posada”. Posada is Spanish for “Lodging” meaning a place where someone lives or stays. We usually get together with a few neighbors, friends, and relatives to go door to door asking for lodging. This goes back to our culture and religion background to when Joseph and the Virgin Mary were out to look for a place to stay the night of Christmas Eve to have baby Jesus. What we do during this time is we go from neighbor to neighbor (of course all planned out) asking for a place to stay but most would reject because there would be no more room in their living space. After finding a place to stay we go inside and say a prayer giving thanks for the place. At the end of the night we celebrate with music, food, and piñata. This goes on for nine days and ends with an even bigger celebration.
The night of Christmas Eve is my favorite after the celebration is done with the Posada. All my family gets together, usually always at my aunt’s house, and we wait for it to be midnight. As we wait for it to be midnight we say prayers and put baby Jesus back to sleep. We make our wishes and light sparklers to celebrate the night of Jesus being born.
We do believe that Christmas should be celebrated...
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