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Biscochito Cookies are a favorite southwestern Christmas treat.
Like Thanksgiving, Christmas was not something the native Indians of Mexico in the United States celebrated. Christmas came over with Spanish Missionaries. According to history, the first Christmas celebration in Mexico was in 1538, when a Fransican Monk, Fray Pedro de Gante invited all of the Indians surrounding the mission to celebrate Christmas. The Indians liked these new festivities, and began to incorporate some of their culture, such as flowers and feathers.
The Poinsetta, which is a common holiday flower, is a native of Mexico. There is a tale told in Mexico that the Poinsetta came to be a holiday flower because of a poor young boy in one of the villages. He had nothing to offer at the Nativity in town, so along side the road he found some branches with green leaves. He placed these along side the manger in the nativity as his offering. The other children of the visit ridiculed him for such a silly gift, but as they did the leaves of the plant turned a brilliant scarlet red in the shape of a star. I don’t know if this story is true or not, but it does make for a nice tale.
Christmas in Mexico begins on December 14th, as this is the day the Posadas begin. The posadas are a re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s travel to Bethlehem and search for lodging the night Christ was born. The posadas last for 9 days, up until Noche Buena or Christmas Eve. The posadas are often re-enacted by friends and family who will travel from house to house looking for shelter. Finally, at the last house they are welcomed in with a festive party. Food, drinks, games and of course, a piñata for the children to try to break will be there. Traditionally the piñata would be a star made of clay and covered in brightly colored paper strips. Inside they were filled with fruits and nuts for the children to gather up once the piñata was broken.
This Bizcochito Cookie recipe, comments, and photos are courtesy of Cynthia Detterick-Pineda of Andrews, TX.
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