Mexico celebrates the Christmas season for nearly two months. South of the border, Christmas lasts from December 16 (the start of the nine-day pre-Christmas posadas), blossoms into December 25, journeys on to the the Día de los Reyes Magos (Day of the Three Kings) on January 6, and ends on February 2 (the Feast of La Candelaria) with a fiesta featuring tamales, atole, and a ceremony at home in which the beloved Niño Dios is sung to and carefully tucked away until next season.
When Mexico Cooks! was in the Distrito Federal (Mexico's capital city) just before Christmas, we wanted to visit the enormous fiesta that takes place at the Monument to the Revolution. Games, booths, food, children's rides, and the newest addition to Mexico's panoply of saints--Santa Claus!--were paradise for children and parents. And of course Mexico Cooks!, the biggest kid on the block, had a blast.
This Christmas Eve scene features only Santa and his reindeer. Santa Claus has proliferated all over Mexico, although on Christmas, many children receive just one gift from el Niño Dios. If children receive other gifts, those come on January 6, from los Reyes Magos.
Which diadema (tiara) will it be: pink and white rabbit ears, hearts, kitten ears, or pure sequin sparkle? This booth also sold pestañas y bigotes--glamourous fake eyelashes framed in glitter and big black mustaches, for less than ten pesos each!
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