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Feliz Navidad - Spanish Christmas Song (HD)

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Uploaded on Jul 31, 2009

♫ Santa dedicates this to the many different cultural traditions of Christmas. He wishes you all a Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas. (This is part of a series of videos that inform children about Christmas traditions and cultural differences in the way this holiday is celebrated around the world.) No copy infraction intended on my videos. Thanks for watching!

Santa dedica a las diferentes tradiciones culturales de la Navidad. Desea a todos ustedes un Ho Ho Ho Feliz Navidad!

Traditions Of The Country:

Christmas festivities begin with Las Posadas, nine consecutive days of candlelight processions and lively parties starting December 16.

In villages and urban neighborhoods throughout Mexico youngsters gather each afternoon to reenact the holy family's quest for lodging in Bethlehem. The parade of Santos Peregrinos stops at a designated house to sing a traditional litany by which the Holy Family requests shelter for the night and those waiting behind the closed door turn them away. They proceed to a second home where the scene is repeated. At the third stop the pilgrims are told that while there is no room in the posada or inn, they are welcome to take refuge in the stable. The doors are flung open and all are invited to enter.

In most Mexican homes the principal holiday adornment is el Nacimiento, Nativity scene. Nowadays a decorated Christmas tree may be incorporated in the Nacimiento or set up elsewhere in the home; as purchase of a natural pine represents a luxury commodity to most Mexican families, the typical arbolito, little tree, is often an artificial one, a bare branch cut from a copal tree or some type of shrub collected from the countryside.

Holiday festivities culminate on Noche Buena, Christmas Eve, with the celebration of a late-night Misa de Gallo, Rooster's Mass. Afterwards families head home for a traditional Christmas supper which may feature a simple fare of homemade tamales and atole, corn gruel, or other regional dishes. A more exotic feast might include bacalao a la vizcaína, Biscayan cod, and revoltijo de romeritos, wild greens in mole sauce. Roast turkey, ham or suckling pig are other popular menu items for those who can afford it. Ponche, a hot fruit punch, sidra, sparkling cider, or other spirits are served for the holiday brindis, toast. The evening is rounded out with the opening of gifts and, for the children, piñatas and luces de Belen, sparklers. As these happy family gatherings generally last into the wee hours, December 25th is set aside as a day to rest and celebrate the life of Our Savior.

The Christmas season continues unabated in Mexico through Epiphany, which is called Día de los Reyes, Three Kings Day. Echoing the arrival in Bethlehem of Wise Men bearing gifts for the baby Jesus, children throughout Mexico anxiously await waking up January 6 to find toys and gifts left by the Reyes Magos, Magi. In some regions it is customary to leave out shoes where treasures may be deposited by the visiting Wise Men.

.•:*¨ Ustedes desean una Feliz Navidad ¨*:•.

.•:*¨ Wishing You A Merry Christmas¨*:•.

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