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In Mexico, a twist on a Christmas classic

The story of the birth of Jesus is retold with a Mexican flare. Angela Moore reports. In Mexico, the Biblical battle between good and evil takes a comedic twist. An angel battles the devil. Some jokes are told. And baby Jesus is born. This Christ...

The story of the birth of Jesus is retold with a Mexican flare. Angela Moore reports.

In Mexico, the Biblical battle between good and evil takes a comedic twist.

An angel battles the devil.

Some jokes are told.

And baby Jesus is born.

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This Christmas comedy is a Mexican tradition called the pastorela.

These plays can be a bit over the top in their telling of the birth of Jesus, but the enduring message is one of peace, love and family," said Magolis Briones, a spectator. "Through the use of satire, the public in general is able to understand the meaning of Christmas celebrations, which talk precisely about brotherhood, peace and harmony, of good will.

Cristina Briones agreed.

"I think the plays are cheerful. I think it's a break from everyday life. One comes to relax and a laugh a while," she said.

With a little bit of laughter and a little bit of drama, the holiday play sets the stage for a season filled with Christmas joy.

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