Christmas in Mexico- Posada Season

It's that time of year again, the season of the "posada". Around here that word has a couple of meanings. Number one, a "posada" is the traditional drunken office party, celebrating the season with co-workers at a restaurant we can't usually afford. The posadas for my place of work have been great, tonnes of fun every year. Last year we whooped it up at Pat O'Brien's on 80's night, nothing could have made me happier, I was born to drink piles of vodka and belt out Madonna tunes. This year we are headed out on a booze cruise to Isla Mujeres, sounds promising, pirates and booze and buffet, oh my! My Christmas spirit is rising!

The second meaning of "posada" is more serious and religious though it still ends in a party of sorts. For the nine days before Christmas, Mexican families enact Mary and Joseph's search for lodgings. People will walk down the streets with candles and a small baby Jesus doll, singing at the gates of the neighbours' houses until they reach the designated house for the evening. There the song of the "pilgrims" will be sung at the door until the people outside are finally invited in to the "inn". Once inside prayers are said, most often the rosary, and a small ceremony takes place where the baby Jesus is placed in the nativity scene. Food is served and everyone drinks the "ponche", a hot, spiced wine drink that I equate to mulled wine. While I am not a religious person at all, I find this ceremony to be quite beautiful and have been honoured with invitations to these events by the people in my neighbourhood.

If you are headed to Cancun for Christmas, be prepared for a quiet town on the 24th which is when the holiday is celebrated with family here. A few places will close early to allow staff to be with their loved ones, though in the hotel zone most things will remain open all night, the tourist trade comes first! No worries about anything being closed on Christmas day, everything will be up and running and open, most places will have special Christmas dinner events planned, pick your place and reserve early! For a fabulous, extra special meal, I highly recommend Puerto Madero or Laguna Grill, my two favourite places for a special occasion (read: expensive but delish!).

Feliz Navidad! (And please forgive me my bah humbug attitude of last week, it's passing). How can you not smile at this 1973 Jose Feliciano performance of "Feliz Navidad"?


Comments

Brice said…
What was the name of the steakhouse you recommended when I was in Cancun? Best steak ever, even if it was attrociously expensive...
I'd be in that restaurant for Xmas dinner if I could...

Oh, and your Xmas party sounds fun. Mine was crap. 3 free drinks in a countrybar-martinilounge. I spent $140 on booze just to bear being in that room for so long...
Melissa said…
I adored our Xmas posadas! Last one I went to was at the Hyatt, and you were preggers and couldn't join in the after-hours fun. :(

The one before that, I saw the sunrise with some co-workers and then almost missed my flight back to the US for Xmas...and the airline agent didn't send me to Immigration to fill out a form...I later guessed that he did so because Immigration wouldn't have let me fly in the state I was in.

Ah, I miss those.
CancunCanuck said…
Brica, I am pretty sure I would have sent you to Puerto Madero, though it may have been Porterhouse which is now gone. GREAT steaks, oh man one would go down good about now.

Melissa, oh that Hyatt party was so depressing for me, I soooo wanted to play with everyone. Stupid pregnancy, lol. Last year was the best yet though, the only thing missing was you.
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