Chile's traditional festivals - Christmas

Like Christians around the world, Chileans commemorate the birth of Christ on December 25. On Christmas Eve night, families gather together to eat fruit cake and drink cola de mono, a traditional drink prepared with spirits, milk, sugar, coffee and cinnamon. This holiday is especially dedicated to children, who receive gifts from Santa, known in Chile as el viejito pascuero.  Presents are placed under a Christmas tree hung with lights and decorated with cotton wool 'snow', and the children open their gifts at midnight. At the foot of the tree is a manger, with Baby Jesus being worshipped by the Three Kings. Traditionally, people sing Christmas carols from the farming community, and attend Church services held on Christmas Day.

Friday, April 29, 2011  

Like Christians around the world, Chileans commemorate the birth of Christ on December 25. On Christmas Eve night, families gather together to eat fruit cake and drink cola de mono, a traditional drink prepared with spirits, milk, sugar, coffee and cinnamon. This holiday is especially dedicated to children, who receive gifts from Santa, known in Chile as el viejito pascuero.  Presents are placed under a Christmas tree hung with lights and decorated with cotton wool 'snow', and the children open their gifts at midnight. At the foot of the tree is a manger, with Baby Jesus being worshipped by the Three Kings. Traditionally, people sing Christmas carols from the farming community, and attend Church services held on Christmas Day.

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