Every year one of our great joys is in writing our yearly Christmas Message. For us here at La Prensa San Diego, Christmas is about the birth of Christ and an affirmation of our beliefs. We embrace the birth of Jesus the Son of God and we take solace and comfort from the love of Our Lord.
The Patron Saint of Mexico is La Virgen Maria de Guadalupe, the mother of God who appeared in Mexico on December 9, 1531. In the first part of December we celebrate La Virgen de Guadalupe. It is then tradition to celebrate Las Posadas which represent Joseph and Mary’s arduous pilgrimage on their way to Bethlehem, and there are nine Posadas, from the 16 to the 24 of December, symbolizing Mary’s nine months of pregnancy.
During the days leading up to Christmas there are Pastorelas, which are theatrical representations of the shepherds on their way to honor baby Jesus. They follow the star in the East, with many obstacles, set forth by the devils. Patorelas are traditionally funny.
In today’s modern world we celebrate Christmas with the opening of presents on the 25th, but for the many Mexican families that hold to tradition they will also open presents on January 6th, Dia de los Reyes Magos, when the Three Kings arrived at the manger with their gifts.
This is our heritage, centered on the birth of Jesus Christ.
Many of our readers, though, have a different perspective on Christmas. In Mexico and here in the United States many Mexicans and Mexican Americans are Jewish as are many of our readers and in their religion the Son of God has not yet been born.
There are others who do not put as much time or thought in the religious meaning of Christmas, which is why every year we hear the same old debate about publicly saying Merry Christmas or the more politically correct phrase Happy Holidays.
No matter your perspective on the meaning of Christmas, the one thing we know for sure is that Christmas signifies the ending of the year and the beginning of a new year that represents Hope, Joy, and that a Prosperous new year awaits us.
Christmas is a time to forget about our problems, to decorate our homes and celebrate all that is good. Christmas is a time to focus on our children, to bring them the joy of opening a present, and sharing the love of family and friends, and enjoying all the wonderful food that we share.
Of course for the football fans this is the beginning of their greatest joy, watching bowl games and playoff games till the final gun on Super Bowl Sunday, nothing could be better.
Christmas means many things to many people and it is our Hope that you find Joy and Happiness this Christmas as we look forward to a New Year.