Christmas Foods in Argentina

When most people think about Christmas they think about cold climates and warm food but should you find yourself in Argentina during the holiday season you will experience a much different atmosphere.

As you probably already know when it is winter for us here in the Northern Hemisphere it is summer for those in South America and their winter cuisine reflects that fact.  The Argentines have a very unique tradition when it comes to Christmas meals.  They do not eat roasted turkey and ham like we do in the states.

Vitel Thone

Sitting around the dinner table for an Argentine Christmas meal, you are sure to see slices of meat topped with a whitish cream being consumed.  Vitel Thone is one of the most popular and traditional dishes for Christmas Eve in Argentina and it is a dish that is very unique.

First of all it has its roots in Italy.  As you also probably already know Argentina has a very strong German and Italian influence and Vitel Thone definitely comes from the old country.  Essentially it is a dish composed of sliced veal and topped with a sauce made of mayonnaise, anchovies and tuna.

The veal is roasted in a large ceramic pot and thrown in with quarters of onions and large slices of carrots.  Water is also added for steaming.  You cook this mixture for about three hours and then the veal is ready to be sliced.

The sauce is a mixture of onion, anchovies, milk cream and lots of mayonnaise. Tuna is traditionally added to the sauce but some leave it out depending on individual tastes.  Once you have the veal cooked and sliced and the sauce whisked, preparation is relatively simple.  Just arrange the slices on a plate and evenly spread the sauce over the flanks of meat and enjoy.

Christmas Foods In Argentina

Christmas Foods In Argentina

Christmas Foods in Argentina  –  Cool Foods for a Hot Climate

This is where Christmas foods in Argentina really start to differ from what we perceive to be typical of holiday foods.  Since it is so hot during Christmas in Argentina, Argentine Christmas foods include plenty of cold served dishes for the sake of refreshment.

Waldorf salad which is essentially a mixture of walnuts, apples, celery and peanuts in mayonnaise and served atop lettuce leaves is a common site for Argentine Christmas meals.  It is also common to see cold sandwiches served as part of the complete Argentine Christmas meal.

Drinks

What holiday gathering would be complete without a drink?  In Argentina the libation of choice for Christmas is Anana Fizz which is a sparkling mixture of cider and pineapple juice.  Of course Argentina makes some of the finest wines in the world so expect to see the vino flowing around the dinner table as well.

Sweets

The Argentine Christmas meal is topped off with a variety of sweets that include pan dulce or sweet bread that is baked with dried fruit.  Nougat is also popular in the hot Argentine climate and is shared during the holiday season.  Perhaps the most popular brand of nougat candy in Argentina is Mantecol so you can find it in any Argentine grocery store.

It seems that grilling is an year-round thing in Argentina so don’t be surprised if you see the parrillada, or grill all fired up and topped with meats like pig and chicken.  You can read a whole lot more about South American Christmas foods here.  Eat, read and enjoy!

Three Kings Day Traditions in the U.S.

For most communities in the United States, the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas Day. But for Hispanics, there really are twelve (more) days of Christmas. They end the season with Three Kings Day traditions on January 6.

El Dia de los Reyes Magos is the celebration of Epiphany amongst Latinos in the U.S. and is based on similar celebrations throughout Latin America and the rest of the Catholic world.

Epiphany is the day that the Three Wise Men, Melchior, Caspar, and Balthazar, visited the Baby Jesus with their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Three Kings Day Traditions and the Birth of Christ

Three Kings Day parade in New York.

Three Kings Day parade in New York.

As a commemoration of the gift-giving, and as the end of the Christmas season, Three Kings Day is a celebratory time with many traditions, particularly amongst Latinos.

Many Three Kings Day traditions have their roots in the Biblical story of the birth of Christ.

As a child, the most exciting part of the day starts the night before, when they put out their shoes for the Three Wise Men to fill. Children also can’t forget to put out hay and grass, since camels get hungry.

This tradition is a lot like leaving milk and cookies for Santa. Waking up the morning, kids see the hay spread around, often leading in a trail to the presents that the Three Kings left them.

Rosca de Reyes

Another delicious tradition is called the Rosca de Reyes (Ring of kings). This sweet bread, shaped into a circle and topped with candied fruits, is meant to resemble the crowns worn by the Magi.

Baked inside the bread is a figure of a baby, representing the Baby Jesus who had to be hidden after his birth. Whoever gets the baby in their slice has to host a party before February 2, El Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas).

If you’ve been to Louisiana, you might know a second cousin of the Rosca de Reyes: king cake, which is also eaten during the Epiphany season and has a plastic baby baked inside.

This tradition of rosca de reyes came from Europe and is still present in a number of countries.

Variations in Three Kings Day Traditions

Since Three Kings Day traditions in the U.S. generally originate in Latin America, they can vary based on the country of origin. It can also be hard to celebrate some of them.

Traditionally, kids play with their toys all day on the 6th, much like others do with gifts received on Christmas Day. But since Three Kings Day isn’t generally a holiday in the U.S., children open their presents and then head out to school.

In cities with large Hispanic populations, in recent years it has become easier to find Three Kings Day celebrations. Parades, complete with the Wise Men themselves and even live animals, are becoming more common, such as the annual parade in East Harlem.

You might also find children’s activities such crown-making at museums and community centers in Latino areas. Even Disneyland has gotten in on the festivities.

So even if your family doesn’t usually celebrate Three Kings Day traditions, remember: There’s never a bad excuse to have a party – or to give gifts.

Do you celebrate Three Kings Day? Tell us about your traditions in the comments!

Christmas in Bolivia

One of the most beautiful aspects of Navidad in Latin America is that each country has its own traditions, but they all still have the underlying feeling of Hispanic Christmas. Christmas in Bolivia is no exception.

Like many parts of Latin America, the Christmas season in Bolivia lasts from December 24th to January 6th. The Misa de Gallo (Mass of the Rooster) is perhaps the most important event of the Christmas season for Catholics. As in many parts of the world, Bolivian Catholics attend a midnight mass.

After the Misa de Gallo, a meal is shared as a family. The main dish is traditionally a spicy soup called La Picana, which has chicken, beef or lamb, and pork, and Bolivians serve with corn and potatoes.

On Christmas morning, breakfast is generally buñuelos, or fried dough, served with a drink such as api (made of corn) or hot chocolate.

Traditions of Christmas in Bolivia

In homes, Bolivian Christmas decorations often center around a pesebre, or Nativity Scene. Also called a nacimiento, mangers can be simple, with just the primary characters of the Christmas story, or more elaborate, with up to hundreds of figures.  Pesebres are sometimes made of local gourds which are hollowed out.

Another important aspect of la Navidad en Bolivia is the Spanish Christmas songs, or villancicos. Because of the large number of indigenous people in the country, these traditional songs are not only in Spanish, but are also in languages such as Quechua and Aymara.

The carols are so ingrained in the culture that even people who don’t speak the Quechua and Aymara languages are familiar with them. On Christmas Eve, children will sing and dance to these carols in their homes.

Traditions regarding Christmas trees and presents vary among parts of Bolivia. For example, in certain regions, Christmas trees are common both at home and in cities, as public decorations; in others, no.

Also, some families exchange gifts on Christmas Day, others after eating dinner on Christmas Eve, and yet others on Three Kings Day (Jan.6, Epiphany).

Poverty and Christmas

Activities for underprivileged children are common at Christmastime in Bolivia.

Activities for underprivileged children are common at Christmastime in Bolivia.

Bolivia is a very much a developing country, with more than half the population living in poverty.

In fact, many families do not exchange Christmas gifts at all due to a lack of resources. As such, it’s not surprising that many Christmas traditions have to do with the poor.

For example, it’s common for social organizations to organize campaigns to collect food and toys for families.They also organize parties called Chocolatadas where underprivileged children are served hot chocolate and treats, and are often given presents.

Poverty has impacted Christmas in Bolivia in other ways. For example, in cities it’s common to see people from rural areas who arrive in hopes of receiving a handout from those in the holiday spirit of giving.

Poor children also sing and dance to villancicos on the streets as they ask for money.

Gift Baskets for Christmas

Another important and touching tradition is that of the traditional gift basket that employers give to their employees.

Large enough to be shared with families, the Canastón de fin de año is filled with basic groceries, as well as traditional Christmas goodies, especially cidra (non-alcoholic cider) and panetón, a sweetbread with raisins, nuts, and dried fruit.

Employers give this basket as an end-of-year appreciation for hard work, the gift is particularly special since bonuses are not generally offered throughout the year.

Perhaps the most joyous aspect of Christmas in Bolivia are the famed fireworks, or pólvora. Said by some to rival Fourth of July celebrations in the United States, these bright colors light up the night on Christmas Eve.

Have you spent Christmas in Bolivia? Tell us about it in the comments!

How to Celebrate Three Kings Day

In many Hispanic countries, the Christmas celebrations continue on into the New Year with the Three Kings Day tradition. Why? Because the Bible says people celebrated the very first Christmas this way.

From the Gospel of Matthew, we know that the first Christmas presents didn’t arrive on the day of Jesus’ birth. Instead, the Three Wise Men brought their gifts for the newborn Jesus 12 days later. The Catholic Church marks this day as the Epiphany.

Today, people celebrate Three Kings Day on the Epiphany, which falls on January 6.

Main Traditions of Three Kings Day

The typical Three Wise Man Day celebration includes a parade to welcome the Magi to town. In some countries, these parades become quite elaborate with sumptuous costumes and live camels for the kings to ride on.

Often, the parade ends at a nativity scene so the Kings can present their gifts to the baby Jesus. People also add three kings figurines to their home nativity scenes on this day.

The night before Three Kings Day, kids put their shoes out on the steps so that the Magi will pass by and leave them a gift.

For best results, kids should also put out some hay for the Magi’s camels to snack on or water for them to drink. In some families, the Kings leave the gifts under the Christmas tree just like Santa instead of in the shoes.

Of course, no Hispanic celebration would be complete without a feast. In this case, a special sweet bread called Rosca del Reyes, especially in Mexico, forms the centerpiece of the feast.  if you want to see more about Mexican Christmas visit Christmas in Mexico where I describe the main traditions.

The most amusing part is that the baker puts a small baby Jesus figurine inside the bread, and then whoever finds him in their slice must host another party for the family on February 2.

3 Ways to Celebrate Three Kings Day with Your Family

One of the really wonderful things about getting to celebrate Three Kings Day in the US comes from the fact that we have such a mix of cultures here that you get to pick and choose your favorite Three Kings Day activities to make your own special family celebration. You will find 3 possible ideas here:

Write a Letter to the Magi

Just like kids write letters to Santa, they can write a letter to one of the three kings to tell him what gift they would like him to bring.

Traditionally, kids write these letters on December 31. In families where the kids have already gotten toys for Christmas, parents encourage them not to ask for more material things. Instead they can ask for qualities like patience. This fits in with the symbolic gifts the Magi brought the baby Jesus: gold to represent his Kinghood, frankincense for his religious teachings, and myrrh for his suffering.

Make a Three Kings Costume

If you don’t have a community parade to go to on Three Kings Day, you can put on your own parade at home. First, you must make a costume. Make it as simple or complicated as you want.

Some good tips include choosing shiny fabric that looks like expensive silk and using a fleece or faux fur to trim the edges.

Kids will enjoy cutting out paper crowns and decorating them with all kinds of shiny, sparkly gems, glitter, and metallic paints or markers.

Do a Craft Project

This is my favorite as it is pretty flexible. You can find all kinds of fun crafts for kids to do on Three Kings Day, from making three kings figurines for the nativity scene to cutting out 6-pointed epiphany stars to decorate your home.

My personal favorite craft actually falls into the category of Three Kings Day games. We call it “Draw the Magi.” You need a few big pieces of paper to tack to the walls, some pencils or washable markers, and a blindfold.

You will get some big laughs watching the kids and adults try to draw blindfolded. Then, you can hold a contest afterwards to award a small prize to the two people who have made the best and worst drawing.

By the way, if you want to know the meaning of the Three Kings gifts in more depth visit The Meaning of The Three Kings Gifts.   The important message here is to make the holiday special with your family, taking it as an opportunity to pass down your family traditions.

New Year’s Eve in Colombia

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Colombia is a very special type of party. How do Colombianos celebrate the New Year?  Just like they celebrate everything else…with a party but this one is filled with traditions, “agüeros” and best wishes for the New year.

Different clubs, restaurants, and street parties in various cities like Cali, Medellin, and Bogotá all vie for the title of Best New Years Bash, but to really experience New Year’s Eve in Colombia like a local, you want to get invited to a friend’s house.

Going to a friend’s house guarantees you can enjoy all the quirky traditions that make New Years Eve in Colombia special. Just make sure you get a lot of sleep the night before so you can eat, drink, and dance until sunrise on new year’s day.

Whether you find yourself in a big city or a tiny town, everyone around you will be up blaring music and setting off fireworks all night long so you might as well stay up with them and enjoy the festivities.

Top Colombian New Year’s Eve Traditions

Think about it, we are almost finished the typical Christmas in Colombia, now we are ready for one of the biggest parties, that is new year’s eve.

For the best chance of a happy and prosperous new year, you must fit in as many of these top Colombian New Years traditions as you can:

Clean the House. If you host a party in your home on New Years Eve, make sure you don’t clean too well before the party starts. You need to have a little bit of dirt left so you can sweep it out the door at the stroke of midnight.

Wear Yellow Underpants. If you want to strike it rich next year, make sure you have your yellow undies on. Some say you can get even more luck by wearing them backwards. This is so traditional that I remember big stores like  “La Feria del Brasier y Solo Cucos’ offering yellow underpants specifically for this occasion, and believe me, they sold out every year.

Eat Lentils. Lentils represent good luck in the New Year, especially with money. For best results eat lentils and rice, but in a pinch you might get away with just carrying a few dry lentils in your pocket.

Carry Cash. No New Year’s Eve in Colombia is complete without having cash in your hand or in your pocket at midnight because this will promote financial security in the coming year.

Eat Grapes. On the stroke of midnight, eat 12 grapes as fast as you can. You’ll need to make a wish for every grape, but you only get one minute to finish the whole tradition. My advice? Think about your wishes in advance so you can get those grapes down fast, try to get small grapes instead of big ones.

New year's eve in Colombia.  12 grapes at midnight brings a prosperous coming year.

New Year’s Eve in Colombia. 12 grapes at midnight brings a prosperous coming year.

Run with a Suitcase. This is my favorite tradition. If you don’t like grapes or if traveling constitutes your only wish, do this instead: As the clock nears midnight, stand poised at the door with your suitcase.

Then, as soon as the new year begins, dash out the door with your suitcase and run once around the block. This will practically guarantee you exciting travels in the new year. Make sure you take your first step with your right foot for happy travels.

Say Goodbye to the Año Viejo. One final must-do for New Year’s eve in Colombia involves a destroying a dummy that represents the Año Viejo or past year. Most families make their own life-size dummy just after Christmas and then display it until New Years Eve.

Shortly after midnight, everyone gathers around the dummy and thinks of one thing they want to let go of about the past year. Then, they set fire to the dummy or blow it up with firecrackers.

The name of this dummy is Canuto or “El Año Viejo” and many families make a big procession to burry this old man.

Best Food for New Year’s Eve in Colombia

Of course, you will need fuel for all the celebrating you will do during Año Nuevo in Colombia. Typically, families serve many of the same special Latin Christmas foods in South America, like tamales or lechón although we call it cerdo, and along side we also serve typical Colombian foods including buñuelos, natilla Colombiana, and brevas caladas.

To wash everything down, you’ll have your choice of beer, aguardiente, champagne, or whatever alcohol you like. Again, you’ll get the best food if you find a real Colombian to host you on New Years Eve.

No matter what you do, or which Colombian new year’s tradition you celebrate just make sure to enjoy the delectable foods and open your mind to many strange customs if you are a foreigner visiting Colombia this time of the year.

Peruvian Christmas Traditions

While an American influence has crept into Peruvian Christmas traditions more and more, the people of Peru still retain their own take on this important religious holiday. Depending on what region of the country you happen to find yourself in, you may experience very different traditions weaving both Christian and indigenous customs in a way that feels uniquely Peruvian.

Preparing for Christmas in Peru

Just about every culture decorates for Christmas, including Peru. While you may find Santas and Christmas trees in some households, no Peruvian family would ever neglect to set up their retablo or nativity scene.

In Cusco, families often buy the wood, pottery, or stone figurines for the retablo at the Santurantikuy market, a huge Christmas Eve crafts market that became one of the most famous Peruvian Christmas traditions.

Peruvian Christmas Traditions: A Retablo

Peruvian Christmas Traditions: A Retablo

One of the most beloved Peruvian Christmas traditions are the the special nativity scenes.  These scenes have an Andean twist with the inclusion of llamas and alpacas in place of the usual donkeys and sheep. In addition to the tabletop retablo, many families also set up other religious-themed decorations including large wall hangings and carved gourds or “burilados.”

Charitable activities also play a role in the Christmas season in Peru, as they do in many other cultures. In Peru, churches and other organizations put on events called “chocolotadas” throughout the days leading up to Christmas. People line up for blocks to enjoy a free piece of panetón, a sweet bread studded with raisins and candied fruit, and a cup of hot chocolate spiced with cloves and cinnamon.

Peruvian Christmas Traditions

Nativity with a touch of Andean culture

Nativity with a touch of Andean culture

When it comes to celebrating Christmas in Peru, the main activities all take place on Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena. Most business close around noon on this day to help give people time to travel to their family home for the following 3 big events:

Misa de Gallo or Rooster Mass

As the first official part of the Christmas celebrations, families head to church for a special mass around 10 pm. The late hour of this mass represents the Bible story of the shepherds seeing the Star of Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth.

Cena de Navidad or Christmas Dinner

After mass, families return home to a delicious midnight feast. The meal usually features a roast turkey or a roast pig with tamales and applesauce, followed by panetón and hot chocolate.

In some homes, children open their presents before dinner, while other families exchange gifts afterwards. For families who don’t believe in Santa Claus, the children’s gifts won’t appear until the magi bring them on Three Kings Day on January 6th.

Tonos or House Parties

After dinner, the kids go to bed but the adults’ Christmas celebration continues with a “tono” or house party. Plenty of dancing, drinking, and fireworks will take place, and often the party doesn’t wind down until 5 or 6 am.

Fortunately, the government considers Christmas Day among the official national Peruvian holidays so no one has to go to work the day after the big Christmas party. Instead, Peruvians spend Christmas Day at home, recuperating from the partying of the night before in a relaxed family atmosphere.

The Little Candles Day

What Is and How We Celebrate
One of the Best Holidays in Colombia

I am getting excited because very soon, to be exact on December 7 many “Colombianos” will be celebrating one of the best holidays in Colombia: The Little Candles Day or Día de las Velitas.

This holiday is based on religion and this day we honor the Virgin Mary and her Immaculate Conception. On December 7 we do our fair share of praying however, we all mix it with lots of partying and enjoying in family while our little ones light many candles to honor “La Virgen de La Inmaculada Concepción.”

Growing up in Colombia I remember that close to December first my father would come home with bags of multicolored candles and at least three long flat pieces of wood.  These long “tablones” would serve as a base to stand the candles lit outside by the entrance of our home.

To celebrate we light the candles and lanterns in balconies, entrances, sidewalks, terraces and patios. We allow our children to do it even if they are small. When I was 4 I was lighting the candles by using one to light the others that were already preset on long wooden boards.

This lighting of the candles was a ritual that we repeated year after year. The holiday starts when we light the candles after dusk while enjoying music and traditional foods like “picadas,” which are a mix of small meat pieces from pork, beef and chicken. Empanadas and buñuelos are a must and we enjoy them with drinks and alcoholic beverages like beer or aguardiente for adults.

The importance of this holiday has a lot to do with the fact that this day marks the start of the Christmas celebrations in Colombia, even though thousands of Christmas lights start appearing on December first.

El Día de Las Velitas or Little Candles Day in Colombia

El Día de Las Velitas or Little Candles Day in Colombia

As part of the tradition we attend mass on December 8th which is the Immaculate’s special day. It all started when Pope Pius IX in 1854 defined as dogma the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. Dogma in Catholic religion is part of doctrine, a belief held and taught by church, which has been revealed directly by God. In this case, the Church defined and declared the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary to be believed as revealed directly by God.  This dogma means that the Virgin Mary conceived Jesus without sin whatsoever, in pure and virginal state.

Many countries around the world awaited this announcement by lighting candles,  and the Catholic church in Colombia has made great efforts in maintaining this candle lighting tradition alive. Throughout Colombia cities and small towns have huge displays of candle lighting in plazas, shopping malls or gathering town courts.

Even thought we celebrate The Little Candles Day throughout Colombia, celebrations vary according to the regions.  One of the most incredible shows happen in the state of Quindio in the small town of Quimbaya where a neighborhood candle lighting competition takes place, this event is La  Fiesta Nacional del Concurso de Alumbrados con Velas y Faroles or the Candles and Lanterns Festival.  Displays include huge paper lanterns with religious and animal figures.

The town of Medellin in Antioquia has massive candle lighting events and the special Myths and Legends Parade at La Playa Avenue in downtown.

In the Atlantic region the celebration varies a bit, in main cities like Barranquilla participants rise early to light lanterns at dawn in front of their homes and sidewalks.  In the Pacific region many light lanterns and candles in canoes and boats and await the morning while singing and feasting.

As many of you know, I am Colombian and a couple of years ago I wanted to show my husband and son what this holiday is about. I made sure to take our son to Colombia pretty young when he was about 3 1/2 years old.

We were staying with my sister and in her condo complex there was a special party honoring the Immaculate Conception or better said: El Día de las Velitas celebration.  My husband the gringo, was elated to see so much food and “musica caliente” playing while all the kids in the complex were lighting candles along the pools all under the supervision of the parents.  Dance, food and high spirits were all going for many hours of enjoyment and a great opportunity to share with neighbors.

If by any chance you have an opportunity to travel to Colombia and be there for the Little Candles Day you will not regret it.  It is a multicolor spectacle all created and lit by candles.

The Famous Puerto Rican Parrandas

How Puerto Ricans Celebrate Christmas

Like many Latino celebrations, a Hispanic Christmas involves lots of food and lots of family, gathering in a party filled with joy and laughter.

We typically regard Santa as a cute custom but we don’t take him as seriously as Baby Jesus or the Three Kings.

Instead, for Boricuas, the Christmas gift-giving traditions mainly involve the Three Kings from the Bible. Though most Hispanics attend church and express deep reverence for Christ during Christmas, the holiday is by no means exclusively religious. We also include many other secular traditions like parrandas.

Celebrating with Puerto Rican Parrandas

One of the most famous of these secular traditions is the Puerto Rican parrandas. This is basically like Puerto Rican Christmas caroling that we combine with a block party.

The idea of the parrandas, also called asaltos or trullas navideñas, is to surprise a sleeping neighbor with song and music.

Nowadays, no one is really surprised since we give our neighbors lots of hints about when the parrandas might begin so that they can be prepared to host the party, very convenient!

Puerto Rican Parrandas

Puerto Rican Parrandas


The parrandas still begin relatively late at night, like 10pm, and continue until the early hours of the morning.

The first step in Puerto Rican parrandas is to gather a small group of friends, dress up in straw hats, and pick up various musical instruments, like guitars, tambourines, and maracas.

Then, the group sneaks over to the neighbor’s door and starts playing their instruments and belting out Christmas carols at the top of their lungs. The neighbor opens his door and gleefully invites everyone in to dance and party.

After a little while, the group of musicians will move on to the next neighbor, and then the next and the next until early morning. As they leave each house, more people will join them until the party is truly huge.

At the last house on the parrandas route, the carolers eat a traditional chicken soup at dawn to signal that the party is over. There is also lots of hand made Puerto Rican pasteles, Which take lots of time and effort and taste deliciously.

In Puerto Rico, the songs or “aguinaldos” Boricuas sing during parrandas, are not only religious but also include secular songs about Christmas, as well as some traditional songs that don’t mention Christmas at all.

As the night progresses, people drink more and the singing gets more raucous and less likely to be religious in nature. It really is more of a party than a religious event.

The reason a parranda puertoriqueña is so fun is because it turns into a community event. This is a big difference between Puerto Rican caroling and American caroling, which usually involves just a few singers going door to door and singing to unsuspecting neighbors who often listen politely before going back to their private affairs.

Parrandas are most common in Puerto Rico, but some American cities with large Puerto Rican communities also have their own parrandas. Parrandas are not unique to Puerto Rico and many Cubans also practice them.

In Venezuela, parrandas are a mix of Afro-Venezuelan musical form from the states of Aragua and Carabobo.

I think areas where it is really cold at Christmas, like here in the US, don’t really lend themselves well to this tradition. Although who knows, after some rum and coquito we maybe ready to bring more parrandas to the U.S.