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  1. 1. <ul><li>Christmas in Portugal is the main holiday during which Portugal families get together and rejoice. The Nativity Scene is the main Christmas decoration in most Portuguese homes. Portuguese usually don't decorate their homes with Christmas lights but nowadays the main streets of Lisbon are seen decorated with Christmas lights and decors. But it is Christmas in Portugal countryside where it is more of a religious event. Families gather the best of their harvest and share it with others at the Parish Church. </li></ul>Christmas in Portugal
  2. 2. <ul><li>On that day tries to gather as many family as possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Women begin in the afternoon of the 24th preparing everything for the Supper, which begins around 19 hours, since this time of year is night around 18 hours. </li></ul>The Christmas is the party of family
  3. 3. <ul><li>At a fireplace burns trunk will remain until the morning dropping its cozy warmth in the cold nights of December ... from which children play and put the cones to bake, who drop to a pleasant pine scent that perfumes the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>The children, who are a constant presence and loud lend a festive air, with their games and running. The men help women in the heavier tasks and deal with the drinks and snacks. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The consoada is the reunion of the family, until they wait for the coming of Father Christmas at midnight and takes place on the dinner of 24 th December/Christmas Eve, not in the morning of 25. </li></ul><ul><li>During the consoada we dinner (boiled codfish and Portuguese sprouts (in pure olive oil) normally) and then everybody puts lots of desserts in the table and typical plates (rice pudding with cinamon, &quot;rabandas&quot;-seems like french toast, &quot;filhoses&quot;-fried desserts, &quot;broas de mel&quot; (pastries made with honey) “Sonhos” -pumpkin fritters ) </li></ul>Consoada
  5. 5. Boiled codfish and Portuguese sprouts “ Filhoses&quot;-fried desserts “ Rabanadas&quot; “ Broas de mel&quot; (pastries made with honey) “ Sonhos” -pumpkin fritters
  6. 6. <ul><li>Another very traditional desert is the &quot;Bolo Rei&quot; (King's cake) &quot;which is a wreath-like very rich fruit cake laced with crystallized fruits and pine nuts.&quot; There is a little present inside the cake and a broadbean-who find the broadbean in one slice, must pay the next “King Cake”. </li></ul>Bolo Rei
  7. 7. <ul><li>The children receive the presents at midnight of 24/25 December or early in 25 th December morning, but never on 5th January. They put the shoes near the fireplace as a receptacle for the presents and not at the window. </li></ul><ul><li>We recognize the red suite; the children believe in Santa Claus (called &quot;Pai Natal&quot; - wich means: Father Christmas) and the parents tell them that is the baby Jesus who helps Santa with the presents, ( not the Three wise men...). </li></ul>After Midnight
  8. 8. <ul><li>The most part of family set up a Nativity scene (called Presépio), with Mary, Joseph, the cow and the donkey, the three wise men, and lots of other figures The figure of the Christ Child is added to the scene after the family attends Midnight Mass or after midnight </li></ul>Presépio
  9. 9. <ul><li>...But everybody have a Christmas tree too; the typical colours are the gold, red and green. </li></ul>Christmas Tree
  10. 10. <ul><li>During the Christmas day Portuguese people visit the friends and family and have a big lunch normally with roast chicken, lamb or turkey. </li></ul>The next day
  11. 11. is “Feliz Natal” “Boas Festas”. or In Portuguese Happy/Merry Christmas

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