Traditional Mexican Christmas Gifts

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Traditional Mexican Christmas Gifts
Traditional Christmas gifts in Mexico differ from American Christmas gifts. (gift image by Horticulture from

Gifts are not necessarily exchanged for Christmas in Mexico the way they are in the United States. Instead, many people in Mexico celebrate Las Posadas, a nine-day event (Spanish for "The Inns") in which people give gifts. Not all of these gifts are toys; in fact, most are not. Traditional Mexican Christmas gifts consist of foods, candies and other symbolic items.

Mayan Pearl

The Mayan Pearl is sometimes called the surprise Mayan Pearl because when you give it as a gift, the pearl is still in the oyster or mussel. Mexican tradition places various blessings on the colour of the hidden pearl. White is for health; cream is for happiness; peach promises love; lavender gives the wearer wisdom and gold brings wealth.

Traditional Mexican Candy

Candy is a common gift for Christmas in Mexico. Traditional Mexican candy usually has a mixture of sugar and salt, and may taste like hot chilli. Chicle, the Spanish term for chewing gum, is another traditional Mexican sweet that is always popular for a small gift.


Food is another traditional Mexican Christmas gift. One of the most common foods given at Christmastime is cookies. In particular, cochinitos, which are soft gingerbread cookies cut into pig shapes--cochinito means "little pig" in Spanish.

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