Christmas for Me as a Mexican-American

Written by Paola Camarillo

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Being a Mexican and growing up with an American culture gives you a different mindset of appreciating both cultures. I remember when I was a little girl how Christmas in Mexico was different to Christmas in the United States. In Mexico Christmas was important but not as important as in the U.S.A. When I was in Mexico our family would gather for Christmas Eve and wait until twelve to give each other a hug and say Merry Christmas. While in the U.S.A, we wait until Christmas Day to say Merry Christmas and give each other hugs. Also in Mexico we do not have a secret Santa exchange gift, we just give each other gifts out of love. In Mexico the day called “Los Tres Reyes Magos” it is more important than Christmas Day.

During Christmas the food that is made is also different. In Mexico for Christmas Eve we would eat pozole, tamales, ponches, and other authentic Mexican food and for Christmas Day we just eat the left overs. While in the United States on Christmas Eve they have a meal, but for Christmas Day they eat a breakfast in the morning while at night they eat typical Mac and Cheese, ham, mash potatoes. Also Mexican Christmas Day is usually your house family not the entire family because that is why we celebrate Christmas Eve until about 4 am. While for U.S.A culture we celebrate Christmas Day with your entire family at night.

I love knowing that I am able to celebrate Christmas both ways, because now that I am in the United States we celebrate Christmas in a mix.

Photo Credit: Alex Juarez

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Paola Camarillo