Argentinian christmas traditions
Celebrating the Christmas traditions of Argentina is a convergence
of European, American and Hispanic conventions. It is a season
for religious celebrations as well as enjoyment of gatherings
with family and friends.
From Europe and America, the influences to the Christmas
traditions of Argentina include the Xmas tree, red and white
flowers, and the boots of Father Christmas. People even go
to the extent of putting cotton on and around Xmas trees and
the manger to simulate snow. The decorations on the Xmas tree
are meant to produce a spectacular effect through candles
or electric lights and other ornaments. Gifts surround the
foot of the Xmas tree, while a figure of a star or Father
Christmas is placed on top.
Xmas Eve is a separate celebration in the Christmas traditions
of Argentina as much as Xmas Day itself. On this day, the
family and relatives relish dinner of traditional meals of
steak, turkey, pork, pies, bread and puddings. Favorite drinks
are fruit juice, cider, beer, and champagne. The children
open the gifts exchanged at midnight. Children go to sleep
or watch the fireworks display. The adults chat, play, or
continue with barbecue or picnic when the weather is fair.
Love overflows on Xmas Eve among relatives, and Christmas
Day is celebrated among friends. Devout Christians, meanwhile,
attend church services.
People enjoy gift-giving, banquets, and picnics on Christmas
Day. The season is generally warm, so iced beverages are often
consumed to keep cool. The dinner is sometimes served in the
garden with roast pig or peacock as the main meal displayed.
Like the rest of the Hispanic world, the Christmas traditions
of Argentina are spent much on religious services and carols.
The Catholic population celebrates the season from Advent
up to the Baptism of Jesus.
New Year’s Day is a more secular portion of the Christmas traditions of Argentina activities with some traces of superstition and prophesying. Many go to swimming pools, rivers, lakes, and beaches to keep cool.