Mexico is located under the United States. It is located in North America although it differs a lot from the other countries in North America. Mexico is a country that fluently speaks spanish. If you go to Mexico everyone will most likely be speaking Spanish. In turn this means that a lot of their rituals, traditions and holidays will be different. For instance Mexico celebrates a holiday called Dia de los Muertos, which means Day of the Dead in english. The United states does not celebrate this holiday and therefor shows some of the major differences between the two countries that are right next to each other. Now onto Christmas. In the United States christmas is celebrated on the 25th and christmas eve is celebrated on the 24th. In Mexico, Christmas is celebrated from December 12th to January 6th. From December 16th to Christmas Eve, children often perform the Posada processions. Posada is Spanish for Inn or Lodging. There are nine Posadas. The Posadas celebrate the part of the Christmas story where Joseph and Mary looked for somewhere to stay. The posadas have many decorations along the outside of the house. The outside of houses are decorated with evergreens, moss and paper lanterns. Each night a different house holds the Posada party. At the final Posada, or also known as Christmas Eve, a manger and figures of shepherds are put on to the board. When the Posada house of that night has been found, a baby Jesus is put into the manger and then the families go to a Church service at midnight. After the church service fireworks and other events signify the start of christmas and everything that goes along with it. One game that is they like to play at Posada parties is pinata. A piñata is a decorated clay or paper mache filled with candy and it dangles from the ceiling or tree or anywhere they can hang it. The pinata is decorated something like a ball with seven peaks around it. The peaks or spikes represent the ‘seven deadly sins. Pinatas can also be in the form of an animal or bird or most likely a donkey. Kids are usually the ones that play this game. Children are blindfolded and take turns to hit the pinata with a stick or bat until it cracks open and the candy or whatever is on the inside pours out. Then the children go and pick up as many pieces of candy as they can. Last but not least nativity scenes, also referred to as the nacimiento, are very popular in Mexico. They are usually very big. And when I mean I big I mean life size. Sometimes a whole room in a house is used for the nacimiento, even though this is not as common now. The figures are usually made of clay and are traditionally passed down through families. In addition to the regular statues of Mary, Joseph, Jesus, the Shepherds and Three Kings, there are sometimes lots of other figures of other people, like women making tortillas, people selling food and different animals and birds. The figures can be bought from different stores and markets in cities all over Mexico. In addition to all the cutouts, christmas trees are becoming more popular in Mexico. Mexico also has many different traditions when it comes to food. Tamels is a very popular meal during this time. It is also very popular all year around but especially then. For desert a lot of the time there is pineapple upside down cake served and then a drink called ponche. This is drunk with all parts of the meal and is usually only drank during this time of the year kind of like eggnog.