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My Christmas in Brazil

Brazil, Christmas Around the World, South America

My Christmas in Brazil Jesper_Eriksson My Christmas is always in Brazil. My father’s family gets together about six p.m. on my great-grandfather’s farm. Then all the kids stay outside the house until dinner is ready while our relatives put the presents under a big Christmas tree. Sometimes they just talk with each other. We take

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Christmas in Brazil

Brazil, Christmas Around the World, South America

Christmas in Brazil flavia My Christmas is always very happy! When it is Christmas I go to my grandma`s house in Santos, Brazil, the city where I was born. All my family meets at my grandma`s and there is always a big tree. When we arrive the tree is already decorated, but my grandma always

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Christmas at My House in Brazil

Brazil, Christmas Around the World, South America

Christmas at My House in Brazil Jesper_Eriksson Christmas here in my house, in Brazil, is really nice. And I don`t really spend Christmas at my house but at my grandma`s house. Now I`m going to tell you how we start our Christmas decorations… First my grandpa and I go to a big flower shop and

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Christmas in Brazil

Brazil, Christmas Around the World, South America

Christmas in Brazil Jesper_Eriksson Christmas in Brazil is very nice. We decorate the trees with twinkling lights. The streets are all colored and bright. I spent my x-mas in my grandma’s house in Manaus where my mother was born. We go to the mall and buy some decorations so that we can decorate the tree.

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Santa is Papai Noel

Brazil, Christmas Around the World, South America

Santa is Papai Noel pioclinton Each year Santa Claus (Papai Noel) arrives in Rio at the beginning of December. This event opens the Christmas Season. Papai Noel arrives by helicopter at Maracana Soccer Stadium – one of the largest soccer stadiums in the world. It’s a big party, singers, dancers and local authorities join the

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Navidad Puertorriqueña (Puerto Rican Christmas)

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Puerto Rico

Navidad Puertorriqueña (Puerto Rican Christmas) rrstar96 Christmas.com mentions a San José (Saint Joseph) Church at La Navidad with an animated Nacimiento (Nativity scene) which is visited by crowds of children. According to a book I read, this church is located in the Dominican Republic just west of Puerto Rico. Having lived in Puerto Rico for

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Other traditions and food

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Puerto Rico

Other traditions and food PeroniaAngel As I was reading, I noticed a few things missing of the traditions in Puerto Rico and what the different foods are. In the town of Penuelas, the families of different streets get together and decorate the streets with one theme. They also have competitions for who has the best

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Why “Merry Christmas?”

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Puerto Rico

Why “Merry Christmas?” Rafael Why should I say “Merry Christmas” to everybody, without knowing if he/she really has the real Christmas Spirit within? I was born and live in a very beautiful island in the Caribbean, the smallest of the Major Antilles, Puerto Rico. I peek at anyone passing by and there are not that

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Christmas in Puerto Rico II

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Puerto Rico

Christmas in Puerto Rico II Robbie I enjoyed reading gpico’s entry “Parrandón” from 11-23-99 which brought to mind a certain observation. The “morcillas” he refers to are a type of blood sausage which is quite popular in Puerto Rico (“butifarra” and “longaniza” are other popular sausages, the latter often eaten ground in a mixture of

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Parrandon

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Puerto Rico

Parrandon gpico Yes “Parranda” is what you usually hear everywhere in Puerto Rico. Like in the United States they have Christmas Carols, we have “parrandas”. The difference is the music is more carribean style. How does it work? Usually a group of friends get together with musical instruments (congas, maracas, guitar) things that make noise.

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Christmas in Puerto Rico

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Puerto Rico

Christmas in Puerto Rico Staff In Puerto Rico, small bands of carolers, known as Trullas, make the rounds. Crowds of children go to see the church of San Jose at La Navidad to see the animated Nacimiento – birth of Christ. During the feast of Epiphany, children place water and maybe some grass under their

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Christmas in Venezuela

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Venezuela

Christmas in Venezuela Staff Venezuelan traditions are very rich because of the great variety of cultures that has been assimilated into its society. Even though unfortunately some of the traditions are disappearing Venezuelans still continue to preserve the family unit centered around Christmas activities. Venezuelans start on December 24th with preparations that emphasize the Catholic

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Christmas in Colombia

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Columbia

Christmas in Colombia Black Beatle Currently US christmas’ tendences had made their entrance in Colombian culture, so the Christmas settings usually starts on December 1th, if not before. Christmas tree is now a very important part of the Colombian holidays and is not anymore considered a luxury or ornamental article, so it’s Santa Claus. But,

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Christmas In Colombia

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Columbia

Christmas In Colombia Staff Since Colombia is about 90% Roman Catholic, the Christian aspects of Christmas are the most celebrated. The Christmas season in Colombia starts on December 7th when families light candles in honor of the Virgin Mary. The church celebrates the 8th of December as the day of the Imaculate Conception. This is

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A Panama City Christmas

Carribean & Central America, Christmas Around the World, Panama

A Panama City Christmas ajcase Christmas festivities begin with Mothers Day on December 8th. Painting and preparing the home is very common in Panama for the holidays. A full Christmas tree is set up at this time with the traditional lights, angel tree top, icicles, and other traditional ornaments just as in the states. Gifts

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