This is the fifth installment of my Christmas series tradition. This is the traditions of Argentina.
|Christmas in Argentina|
"Pólvora" at Midnight: A Buenos Aires Christmas
In Buenos Aires especially, the scent of orange blossoms, jasmine, and honeysuckle is in the air, and lots of beautifully-colored flowers are everywhere at Christmas time.
Letter To Santa:
During Christmas in Argentina, children write a letter to Santa. I found this to be a unique tradition since in the majority of Latin American countries children write to el nino Dios or baby Jesus instead. I guess this stems from their European influence where writing to Santa is fairly common.
|Letter to el nino dios ( Baby Jesus)|
Source via ~ HM LaPlata
During the night of the 24th of December families gather at the grand parents home, including brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, etc. All to celebrate "La Navidad."
It is also common to see young people in their 20s, go out at midnight and come back home in early morning.
Foods for Celebrating Christmas in Argentina:
The families previously agree on the Christmas menu that traditionally requires each participant to bring a dish, a beverage or any part of the "cena de Navidad" - Christmas dinner.-
Since Christmas in Argentina happens during the summer time the climate calls for a Christmas menu with cold salads, beverages and dishes that make you feel refreshed.
Source via ~//www.asadoargentina.com/russian-salad-ensalada-rusa/
The favorite cold salads are the Woldorf and the Russian. The main dish can be sweet and sour pig, chicken Provencal style, and "pesheto" or tongue, but the most traditional dish is grilled meat or "parrillada Argentina" as they call it.
Source via http://gustavo-nunez.wix.com/cannibals#!__english
Source via ~http://buenosaires.for91days.com/tag/sidra/
In Argentina Christmas also includes delightful desserts like "turrones" - a type of candy- and "pan dulce" or sweet bread called "panetone" which has crystallized fruits and nuts, especially almonds.
|Turrones (Nougat candy)|
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Source via ~ Google Images
Celebrating Christmas in Argentina Must Include "Pólvora" and Presents!
At midnight on the 24 of December you can hear the explosions from the fireworks going on everywhere. "Quemar pólvora" - lighting fireworks, hugging and kissing family and friends, and opening presents that were placed under the Christmas tree is a must at midnight.
|Quemar Polvora (Fireworks)|
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"Quemando Globos." Another beautiful tradition is to light "globos." They are paper decorations you light inside and they take off into the sky. Argentinians do it at night.
|Globos (Paper Decorations)|
Source via ~ Tony & Rosi
The old tradition was to hand make the presents but as Argentineans became more affluent they started to incorporate imported gifts. Argentina entered an economic recession in 2002 forcing many people to go back to their old traditions of low expenses and hand made presents at Christmas time.
Hispanic Christmas Decorations in Argentina:
In Argentina Christmas is an important holiday and this is evident in the decorations that every home displays. Wreaths in green, gold, red and white along Christmas trees decorate the living rooms.