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Mixing up your Christmas traditions in Mexico and Jamaica

December, 2019

Tired of trying to figure out how to keep all the in-laws happy at Christmas? For families and couples, this may be just one reason why leaving the commitments of holiday season behind is catching on. If you’re feeling tempted to take it south this year, you might be interested in mixing some of these Christmas and traditions in Mexico and Jamaica with some of your own favorite ones.

Explore Mexico’s Grand Market and enjoy the festive atmosphere during Christmas Eve

Christmas Food but not as you know it

In Mexico, families tend to get together on December 24th to enjoy a delicious feast consisting of turkey, leg of pork, spaghetti and often romeritos, made from sprigs of wild seep weed in mole sauce with potatoes, and often served with shrimp patties. Another popular choice is bacalao, prepared with salted cod, tomatoes, garlic, onions and green olives. The usual suspect on most tables is a deliciously sweet Christmas or apple salad, made with apples, raisins, condensed milk, cream, and chopped pecan or walnuts.

The traditional Christmas dinner in Jamaica on the other hand, generally takes place late afternoon on Christmas Day and tends to include some form of chicken (usually without the jerk!), Jamaican-style ham, oxtail soup and even curried goat. Rice and gungo peas are also very likely to make an appearance. 

If you simply can’t do without your favorite Christmas dishes however, fear not! Most all-inclusive vacation packages at luxury resorts in Jamaica, Cancun, the Riviera Maya or Los Cabos are bound to include turkey with all your favorite trimmings. Certain resorts may even offer special Christmas dinner events (usually requiring a reservation to plan seating arrangements), á la carte Christmas menus or buffets in a variety of restaurants.

Festive things to do on Christmas Eve

May sound weird, but one of the most popular ways to spend Christmas Eve in Jamaica is to head out to the Grand Market, or Gran’ Market, generally held in all major towns across the island. December 24th sees families getting dressed up to spend a good part of the day and most of the night in this colorful festivity filled with bustling shops, street vendors, music, dance, and delicious street food. As night falls, the atmosphere becomes even more festive as the number of people out and about increases threefold.

Prior to the traditional Christmas Eve dinner in Mexico, families often attend Christmas Mass, commonly referred to as the misa de gallo, but generally held during mid-to-late evening. The overall atmosphere is very merry and filled with Christmas carols and smiles all round. Christmas Mass in Jamaica, on the other hand, is a Christmas Day celebration, where attendees are kitted out in their ‘Sunday best’ and steel drums accompany popular Christmas carols.

To ward off nostalgia during your all-inclusive holidays in the Caribbean, appearances by Santa Claus are a given at any family resort. Festive events can also be found, like the traditional Christmas Village or the Sweet Christmas experience at Moon Palace Cancun (also open to guests staying at any of the Palace Resorts sister resorts), where each room is themed with a different kind of Christmas candy or sweet treat. Resorts such as The Grand at Moon Palace also feature a mesmerizing festive table-protection mapping dinner experience.

Discover delicious Mexican and Jamaican Christmas Dinners during your family vacations

Extending your Christmas cheer to Boxing Day

For the Brits among us, Boxing Day or (St.Stephen’s Day) is famous for being a bank holiday with jam-packed shops offering generous savings on a par with Black Friday. It is also a national holiday in Jamaica, but is always celebrated on the first weekday after Christmas Day, unlike in the UK or Canada, and often spent on one of the island’s stunning beaches. For those who love music, color and a generous helping of humor, Boxing Day also traditionally marks the beginning of Jamaican pantomime season.

Perhaps most of your festive memories include wrapping up cozily to keep out the winter chill. Now, picture yourself saying ‘Merry Christmas’ under sunny skies in a couples-only or family-friendly resort in Mexico or Jamaica. An enticing tradition to adopt, without a doubt, and a solid reason for ditching the in-laws and making your way south this year.

PALACE RESORTS

Terri M
Terri M
Minnesota, United States

Friends trip

As always the Beach is awesome. We arrived as the pandemic was taking hold. Thru it all the employees made our stay as normal as possible. Even though they new the hotel was closing they went out of their way to make us feel on vacation. Thank you to Ernesto, Diego and Gabriella for starting our day. Daniell at the pool was always there.

Carole Lynn Wallace
Carole Lynn Wallace

Best vacation EVER

We loved visiting the Palace for our second time. The resort is first class, the meals delicious. We always have a great time with the people that take care of us! They are special people in our hearts. There are so many !!! Martha always greets with her beautiful smile and great hugs. LuLu too. We adore Selene, Maria’s omelette are a Yummy. Joel is a jewel and keeps us on our toes with the best wines at dinner

mfmurph59
mfmurph59
Bethany, Canadá

Relaxing

This is the most relaxing place you can go , great service , great food and friendly staff . The rooms were comfortable nice balcony for morning coffee , call room service to bring up a pot with some pastries. The beach is lovely and pool bar and lunch menu is great you won’t be disappointed

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