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Christmas in Argentina: Facts About Argentinian Christmas Traditions

Here are some facts about Argentinian Christmas traditions, celebrations and customs.

  • Christmas in Argentina is a popular holiday, which starts in early December, and lasts until Epiphany on January 6th. It is a blend of European, Hispanic and American traditions.

  • Many celebrations take place on Christmas Eve. Most Argentinians are Catholics and attending Midnight Mass on December 24th is an important part of celebrating the holiday.
  • The main Christmas meal is enjoyed on Christmas Eve, often late at night. Roast turkey, roast pork or goat is popular, as is salad, and a selection of festive breads and cakes.
  • One of the most popular desserts during Christmas in Argentina is pan dulce. This sweet bread is stuffed with nuts, raisins and dried fruit and enjoyed all through the season.
  • Barbecues and picnics are popular at Christmas, as it is summer in Argentina. Many restaurants are also open on Christmas Day, and offer a special seasonal menu, as well as live music.
  • Many Argentinians enjoy fireworks on Christmas Eve, as well as globos. These are traditional paper decorations with lights inside them, which are released in to the night to float away.
  • Houses are often decorated with wreaths of coloured flowers, and red and white garlands hung in doorways. Cotton balls are often hung from the Christmas tree to represent snow.
  • An important decoration in many homes and churches during Christmas in Argentina is a traditional nativity scene, or pesebre. It is usually placed close to the Christmas tree.
  • Children are usually given their presents on January 6th, a day known as Three Kings Day. The custom is to leave shoes outside the door, filled with water and hay for the Wise Men’s horses.
  • Most people in Argentina don’t give or send Christmas cards. Christmas presents are usually only given to family and close friends.

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Christmas in Belgium: Facts About Belgian Christmas Traditions

Here are some facts about Belgian Christmas traditions, customs and celebrations. Christmas in Belgium includes some traditions from nearby Germany, France, and the Netherlands. Visiting Christmas markets is popular, and people buy presents, decorations and seasonal food and drink. Children in Belgium are visited by two Santas — Santa Claus and St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas… Continue Reading

Christmas in Switzerland: Facts About Swiss Christmas Traditons

Here are some facts about Swiss Christmas traditions, celebrations and customs. Many Swiss Christmas traditions┬áhave similarities with the Christmas customs of their neighbours –France, Germany and Italy. Festivities usually begin on Advent, the fourth Sunday before Christmas Eve. Advent calendars are popular in which a cardboard flap is opened every day leading up to Christmas.… Continue Reading

Christmas in Scotland: Facts About Scottish Christmas Traditions

Here are some facts about Scottish Christmas traditions, customs and celebrations. Christmas in Scotland was actually banned in┬áthe 17th for religious reasons. Until the early 20th century, Christmas was celebrated quietly and discreetly. Today, it is widely celebrated, along with the Scottish New Year, called Hogmanay. Many Scots practice ‘first footing’ on New Year’s Eve.… Continue Reading

Christmas Around The World

Choose from the list below to see how other countries celebrate Christmas. Christmas in Argentina Christmas in Belgium Christmas in Canada Christmas in France Christmas in Italy Christmas in Malta Christmas in New Zealand Christmas in Poland Christmas in Scotland Christmas in Switzerland Christmas in Wales Continue Reading