Posadas, to get you in the Christmas spirit!
Quite possibly my most fond memories of being in Mexico City was posada season. Posada is the 9 days before Christmas that everyone throws a huge party at varying people's houses. There is always a posada going on somewhere every single night of the week during this time of year. Even employers will throw a posada for all the employees. It is the most fun to bounce from party to party, eating, drinking, and just being merry. There are plenty of songs to be sung about Jesus, and various songs about the nativity and how he came to be. Often times, the children lead the adults in song. It is a joyous time to get together, as this is their Christmas party. This is the holiday cheer you will feel in Mexico. The kids often break a start shaped piÃ±ata, to remind us that it was the north start tht guided the wise men to Jesus.
There is a delicious drink called Rompompe, made of vanilla â€" it is thick and sweet. Tequila is another drink very commonly found at posadas. The food of choice for posadas is usually pozole in the south, and menudo in the north. Pozole is a tomato based hominy soup with chiles and other veggies. Menudo is also a hominy soup, but it is flavored with parts of a cow. The posadas last from December 16th until Christmas Eve. By that time, most everyone has eaten and drank themselves into hibernation mode. Some of the best times I've had in Mexico were during Posada season!