Mex Xmas Drinks


Baby it’s cold outside ♪  Then let’s have some ponche & champurrado! Take a look at these vids about warm drinks that are traditionally enjoyed during Christmas =)

I’ve heard Champurrado described as  mix between hot chocolate & porridge. The drink is thickened with cornstarch/cornflour.  Champurrado comes in many flavors, &  can be seen during Xmas time served with tamales =) During “Posadas” = Xmas processions/parties, “Ponche Navideño” (Christmas Punch) a warm drink brewed with a blend of fruits is given to guest.  The basic punch recipe contains: Guava, Cinnamon, Hibiscus flower, tamarind, cane, Tejocotes (hawthorn).  For both the champurrado & ponche pilloncillo are used which is cone shaped Mexican dark brown sugar.


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Xmas Songs in Spanish


In  Spanish carols are called “villancicos”(vee- yahn see- kohs). Today’s  villancico is : “Mi Burrito Sabanero” = My little savanna donkey. The song speaks of a little boy  from the countryside who is on his way along with his  helper & companion, his donkey to visit baby Jesus. This song was actually written by Venezuelan composer Hugo Blanco. It  became  a hit & is still a Christmas  favorite in many Spanish speaking countries including Mexico. This villancico was popularized by famous acts such as : by  Topo Gigio in Mexico (* Topo Gigio was originally an italian show base on a little mouse puppet . The version in Spanish  blew up big in Mexico) Throughout Latin America the villancico was popularized by Venezuelan children’s singing group “‘La Rondallita'”

LYRICS TRANSLATION

With my my little Savannah donkey  I’m on my to Bethlehem.  x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. x4

A little bright morning star is my guide & illuminates my path.  x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. x4

With my cuatrico (four stringed guitar) I ‘m singing as  my donkey goes trotting along. x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. x4

Tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki ta!

Hurry my little donkey for we are almost there.

Tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tu!

Hurry my little donkey we are going to see Jesus.

With my my little Savannah donkey  I’m on my to Bethlehem.  x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. x4

A little bright morning star is my guide & illuminates my path.  x2

With my cuatrico (four stringed guitar) I ‘m singing as  my donkey goes trotting along. x2

Tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki ta!

Hurry my little donkey for we are almost there.

Tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tuki, tuki tu!

Hurry my little donkey we are going to see Jesus.

With my my little Savannah donkey  I’m on my to Bethlehem.  x2

If you see me, if you see me  I’m on my way to Bethlehem. Repeats untill end.