A nativity scene of clay figurines, often decorated with real moss.
Ollas, or clay pots, are what traditional piñatas are made of, though many are now made simply of newspaper paper mache. Did you know that a piñata has seven “arms” to represent the seven deadly sins?
P: Ponche, posadas, piquete, piñata, pastorela, paxtle
So many words with P! Ponche, as I mentioned in the last post, is a delicious, syrupy drink filled with chunks of fruit and sugar cane, all served hot. Posadas are traditional Christmas parties. Piquete is for that dash of tequila or other hard liquor that you add to your ponche. Piñata is, of course, the tissue-paper-covered creation that you beat with a stick until all the candy, mandarin oranges, jícamas, sugar cane pieces, and peanuts fall out (and then you scramble on the ground to get as many treats as possible). Pastorela is a performance, usually done by children at schools, of the Biblical nativity scene. And paxtle is Spanish moss, which you use to decorate your nativity scene.
Queso manchego to fill the chipotles before they’re dipped in egg and fried. My favorite Christmas food!
R: Reyes Magos, recalentado
The Three Kings, who leave gifts for children on January 6th. And the recalentado the day after Christmas and New Year’s, when you re-heat all the food and have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
Sparkling cider for New Year’s toasts!
Tamales are a year-round treat, and you’ll probably have them over the holidays, too.
12 grapes for the 12 months of the new year!
There wasn’t much else that started with W. And you’ll definitely find whiskey at both Christmas and New Year’s parties.
Ok, this doesn’t have much to do with Christmas, except that in Xochimilco (part of Mexico City) they sell noche buenas (poinsettas) during the holidays.
A traditional toy (yes, a yo-yo) that you might get from the Three Kings.
Because you write your letter to the Three Kings or Santa, and then you leave it in your shoe for them to find.
A special thanks to my friend Gerry for helping me to complete the list!