Christmas in Brazil!!
Feliz Natal!! (Merry Chrismtas!!)
Since Brazil is tropical, real evergreen Christmas trees are hard to find, because of this Brazilians use fake trees made entirely of lights! Brazil is actually home to the worlds largest floating Christmas tree in the world! This giant 85 foot tree floats down the Rio De Janeiro during the Christmas Season! On Christmas Eve, at 12 at night, all the lights in the city are turned off except for the Christmas tree, and the fireworks begin!!
Our tree is made of paper and lights. The paper people holding hands are wrapped around the tree because in Brazil Christmas trees are decorated with themes of humanity, the elements, and Christmas!
While most cultures eat their Christmas Feast on Christmas Day, Brazilians eat their meal on Christmas Eve!
Pao de queijo is a delicious cheese bread in the shape of balls. For Christmas dinner in Brazil, this is an appetizer.
· 500 grams of sweet manioc flour
· 1 tbsp salt
· 300 ml of milk
· 150 ml of oil
· 2 large eggs
· 4 cups grated cheese
· oil for greasing
1. Place the flour in a large bowl
2. In a pan heat the milk, oil, salt. Once boiling add the liquid to the bowl with the flour, stirring well. Let it cool.
3. Add the eggs one at a time, alternating with the cheese and kneading well after each addition.
4. Grease hands with oil if necessary
5. Make small balls (2 cm) and place them on a greased baking sheet.
6. Leave in the oven until golden
Cod is a popular choice during Christmas in Brazil. There are many ways you can cook it, but this recipe is for Cod baked in the oven with tomatoes, eggs, and onions.
· 2 kg of cod
· 1 kg of potato
· 1 green pepper, seeded and sliced
· 1 yellow pepper, seeded and sliced
· 1 red pepper, seeded and sliced
· 1 can of olive oil (500 ml)
· 400 g of black olives
· 2 large onions sliced
· 3 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices
· salt and pepper
· 5 boiled eggs cut in half
· parsley and chives
1. Leave cod soaked in water overnight. Change the water at least three times.
2. Peel and cut the potatoes into thick slices.
3. In a pan put enough oil and make layers with potatoes, cod, peppers, onion, and other ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil and cover with foil.
4. Place in a preheated oven for 50 minutes, remove the aluminum and leave for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with eggs, sprinkle the parsley scallions, olives, and drizzle with olive oil. Place in the oven for another 5 minutes.
Rabanada is a Portuguese dessert. It is simply old bread soaked and fried. In Brazil, rabanadas are usually served at Christmas
· 1 can condensed milk
· 1 can milk
· 3 eggs
· 4 units of French bread
1. Mix the condensed milk and milk with a fork.
2. In another bowl beat the egg.
3. Heat a frying pan with oil.
4. Put the bread inside the milk mixture bowl, let it soak, after put it in the egg and fry until golden.
5. In a plate mix the fried bread with sugar and cinnamon.
Since Brazil is tropical and in the Southern Hemisphere, December is hot! Because of this, the traditions are slightly different than other cultures, fireworks are not uncommon as a Christmas Eve traditions, and the food is not as heavy and winter-y.
Brazilians sing many Christmas Carols during this festive time of year. An example of this is Noite Feliz, the Portugese language version of Silent Night. Another is the song A Borboleta!
Here's Noite Feliz! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2LXsLb5w5NgejVx...
Here's A Borboleta! https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2LXsLb5w5Nga0pve...
In Brazil, Santa is called Papai Noel and lives in Greenland, he visits homes on Christmas Eve and leaves gifts for children. If a child leaves a sock by the window, Papai Noel might replace that sock with a gift.
Since Papai Noel mostly brings gifts for children, adults often play a game called "Amigo Secreto" where in early December groups of friends will draw names and play a version of Secret Santa. Instead of simply guessing what your friends wants, in Brazil, friends will use "apelidos" or fake names to find out what each other wants.
Instead of celebrating on Christmas Day, Brazilians celebrate on Christmas Eve and the festivities last until January 6th, Three Kings Day. It is believed that on this day, the wise men visited Jesus in the manger.
Christmas is so important to Brazilians that an old tale says that even the animals talk about Jesus's birth. "The rooster says, "christo nasceu" (Christ is born) the bull asks, "Onde?" (Where?) the chorus of sheep answers, "Em Belem de Juda" (In Bethlehem of Judea)"
Even though it doesn't snow at Christmas time, Brazilians will sometimes simulate snow using cotton balls!