Next to Day of the Dead, Christmas and Easter are the most important holidays of the Mexican calendar. In traditional Mexican families, children don't receive presents until King's Day, the 6th of January but this is changing a bit in the big cities. Their thought is that the symbolism of the gifts to Christ, (remember the frankincense and myrrh?) should be made after the birth of Christ. Most parents enjoy the thrill and crushing rush of buying their kid's presents on the 5th of January with 30 million other parents! Not one day before.
Christmas Eve, December 24, is full of joyous fun, card playing, catching up and playing with all the little kids. It culminates with Midnight Mass, to which most people walk. It's like pedestrian traffic jams to get to church on "Noche Buena." Memorable times.
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