Christmas in Spain
With all their love for various kinds of entertainment events, the Spaniards are especially reverent about the preparation of the Christmas holidays. The holiday atmosphere begins to soar in the air a few weeks before Christmas. The streets, facades of houses and storefronts invitingly flicker with the lights of thousands of garlands, and everywhere there are the main attributes of the holiday – figures of Papa Noel (the prototype of Santa Claus) and belens – decorations that show the scene of the birth of Christ. Shops delight buyers with holiday discounts, and Christmas markets with a variety of thematic souvenirs and culinary delights.
Christmas for the Spaniards is a holiday that is customary to meet at home and in a family environment. Therefore, with friends and colleagues arrange banquets in restaurants a week before the main celebrations.
Famous for their passion for tasty and wholesome food, the Spaniards set the table, striking with an abundance of main dishes, snacks and desserts. Of these days, preference is given to champagne consumed in large quantities. The Spaniards consider goose or turkey stuffed with mushrooms to be the traditional main Christmas dish for Spaniards. At the festive table there are always delicacies of fish and seafood, traditional tacos, jamon and many types of cheeses and sausages. And among the mountain of sweets in store for Christmas, there are undoubtedly marzipans, turrons, polvorones, almond cakes and grapes.
Only a few days after the New Year, the series of holidays ends, and the Spaniards return to their usual leisurely rhythm, waiting for new celebrations and occasions for feasts and fun.