|The creche without the baby Jesus.|
Right: The tray of cheeses and other things to grill.
The boiled potatoes.
Below: The grill for melting the cheese
The creche, which has been up since the beginning of Advent, does not have the Infant Jesus in the manger. In Mexico, most families wait to put the baby Jesus in the manger until midnight on Christmas Eve, so we do it as well as close to midnight as possible.
When he was yet a child, my son wondered why the Wise Men were at the scene
Before beginning our celebration, we light the real candles that we put on our tree. This tradition comes from Switzerland. We found some electric facsimiles to reduce the danger, but we still use a number of real candles.
|Real candles deck the tree.|
After the readings and a prayer, we open our gifts. The last thing we do before we go to bed is to place the baby in the manger and proclaim, as they do in Mexico: "the God-child has come."
We wish you a very Merry Christmas,