I have never spent Christmas in Mexico, so this morning, I asked this question of one of my new Mexican friends here in Oklahoma. This is what she said:
There are Christmas carols, presents, good food, and decorations in Mexico just like there are in America, but there are some differences in how they do things. She says that in America, there seems to be more focus on Christmas day, but in Mexico, they focus more on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve, families gather. On Christmas Eve, they have fiestas, big parties.
At the fiesta, they will have a piñata. A piñata is a paper mache animal with candy in the middle. People take turns putting on a blind fold and hitting at the piñata that is suspended in air with a big stick. When someone finally hits the piñata and breaks it open, candy goes everywhere, and all the kids scramble trying to get the candy. She says on New Year’s Eve, they do the same, have a big fiesta and a piñata. She also says there is a lot of dancing at the fiestas.
She says that she is not so sure how many big parties they are having right now in Mexico. She thinks it is quite a few less than before because Mexico has violence problems right now. With the drug gangs, came violence. She says that is the reason so many of the have come into America, to get away from the violence in Mexico.