The country of Mexico begins the Christmas season by celebrating the beautiful feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, “Mananitas” is sung to honor Our Lady at predawn masses in Mexico and all around the world. Everyone brings roses to present to the Virgin at the special masses. Nine days before Christmas, neighborhood communities gather together to celebrate a “Posada”. A posada is the reenactment of Mary and Joseph searching for a place to stay. The community walks to three houses searching for a welcoming place for the Christ child. Along the way the community sings and prays until they find the home where they are all welcomed in for special foods and a “pinata” filled with candy for the children. The tradition of giving gifts at Christmas is reserved for January 6, the feast of the Three Kings.