Christmas is one of the most festive times of the year in Guatemala, for it not only celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, but also brings friends and family together.
Guatemalan Christmas Traditions
Guatemala celebrates Christmas with extravagance. There are many special traditions and customs that they follow. Like in America, Guatemalans enjoy decorating their houses with christmas items. However, most homes in Guatemala do not have the large front lawns that we are used to seeing. Many still put out lights and decor outside their homes but most of the decorations are indoors. Pine needles are placed around the home to give off that christmas scent. Many houses have christmas trees that they decorate, but they are usually fake and rather small.
Just like with most holidays in Guatemala, fireworks are blasted into the sky at night.
Guatemala Christmas Food
After attending mass, many Guatemalans eat delicious tostadas. These tostadas are usually spread with either refried beans, red sauce, or guacamole. They are then covered with onions, cilantro, and dried cheese. Any remaining tamales from the previous night are also eaten. Ponche, a hot, fruity punch, is also served as well. This day is generally one of rest, especially after the hectic Christmas Eve celebrations.