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December 14, 2022

Beautiful Vintage Mexican Christmas Cards From the Mid-20th Century

Christmas in Mexico is observed from December 12 to January 6, with one additional celebration on February 2. Traditional decorations displayed on this holiday include nativity scenes, poinsettias, and Christmas trees. The season begins with celebrations related to the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Patroness of Mexico, followed by traditions such as Las Posadas and Pastorelas.

On Christmas Eve, there is a mass and feast. On January 6, the arrival of the Three Wise Men is celebrated with Candlemas and the presentation of images of Jesus as a child at churches. These traditions were formed from influences in both the pre-Hispanic period and Mexico’s colonial period, thus incorporating indigenous and Spanish practices. There are also a few influences from both Germany and the United States.

The cards you’ll see here are full of those heartfelt traditions that have been around in Mexico for many, many centuries. Created by artist Alejandro Rangel Hidalgo, around the late 1950s and early 1960s, these weren’t only popular in Mexico, but actually all over the world, thanks to his widely popular collection of Christmas cards inspired by Mexican art and folklore submitted to UNICEF.

With angels inspired by the traditional attires and crafts of the thirty-two different states of the country, classic Mexican Christmas celebrations, and the main scenes of the festivity, these cards are definitely a real nostalgic and cultural treasure. If you really want to know what makes Mexican Christmas celebrations so unique and special, you only need to dive into the unique world Rangel Hidalgo portrayed in these cards.

(via Cultura Colectiva)


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