Things That Happen At A Mexican Christmas

Things That Happen At A Mexican Christmas

Who has the tamales? Did you get a present for all your millions of cousins? Holidays are great and all, but being raised in a Mexican-American family, the dynamic sure does change. It’s crazier and unexpected but all fun at the same time. These are some of the things that happen during a Mexican Christmas.

Food, Food Everywhere

Tamales, pozole, menudo. Everything is excessive during Christmas time and there will be leftovers for days to come. Cafe de olla is probably the best coffee that has ever existed and you better expect to eat some pan dulce.

Relatives Have No Filter

If you’re above the age of 20, relatives don’t ask you if you have a boyfriend/girlfriend, they go straight into asking you why you’re not married and have kids already. Plus, they will point out that you’ve gained a few pounds and will give you their best homemade remedies. Sigh.

Christmas Eve is When the Party Happens

Christmas Day is basically a free recovery day from Christmas Eve. You get to hang out all day and wait until midnight to open your presents. All the cheer and eating happens on the 24th and the 25th means waking up to a full house and seeing the mess everywhere.

You’ll Get What You Need, Not What You Want

You can ask for the coolest gadget, or toy as a kid, but your relatives will most likely give you a scarf, bonus points if they knitted it. Trust me, warm sweaters or socks will always be on their to-go list when they don’t know what to get you or don’t want to spend too much.

Someone Will End Up Singing at the Top of Their Lungs

Because it’s Christmas and everyone is happy and someone will always think it’s karaoke night. But let them have their fun, it’s only once a year.


For my family, pranks are a huge deal with adults and kids so that adds a fun factor to our holidays. Plus, we have a bonfire and tons of movies to tame the crowds. I’m looking forward to stuffing my face and enjoy time with my family.

What are some things your family does during Christmas? I’m bracing myself for the chaos! Cheers!