Monday, December 19, 2011
Christmas in South America
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South America is in the middle of summer during the Christmas season, so holidays can include fireworks, trips to the beaches for surfing and swimming, picnics, and barbecues. While Christmas has been influenced by native traditions and U.S. and European customs, the majority of people celebrating Christmas in South America do so in a devoutly religious manner. Nativity scenes are especially prevalent and important to South Americans.
There are separate celebrations that include feasts on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and since the Christmas season extends through Epiphany there are religious celebrations and feasting on New Year's Day as well. Some of the special Christmas-season foods are Christmas pudding, a special dessert cake called Pan de Pascua, roast pig or peacock, steak, turkey, and pies. Special Christmas-season drinks are cola de mono or "monkey's tail", fruit juice, cider, beer, and champagne.
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What Christmas traditions does your family observe?