Did you know that many Mexicans love decorating for Christmas? I didn’t know until I became part of a Mexican family. You will be surprised by how decorated a house can be if you are close to Mexicans. My mother-in-law goes crazy with decorations. It’s funny, my in-laws don’t really decorate for any other holidays except for Christmas. Their decorating process starts right away at the beginning of November. My in-laws go all out for Christmas. Even the toilet in the bathroom will be decorated with a Santa face! Every door, every wall, and every table will have Christmas decorations. When you enter through the front door it’s as if a Christmas tornado hit their house!
On Christmas Eve my in-laws like to celebrate Christmas early. Around 8 p.m. they will have a Christmas dinner complete with a spicy shrimp and vegetable soup, other seafood dishes, tortillas, black beans, salad, cochinita pivil(beef in red sauce), wine, pico de gallo, chips, and bread. We stay up talking, playing games, and listening to music until midnight. At midnight that is when we open presents. These presents are from each other, not Santa, since they don’t believe in Santa but in Los Tres Reyes(the three kings). They enjoy taking pictures of every gift with every person while we pose in front of the Christmas tree until every gift has been given concluding the celebration. Continue Reading