|Subject: Re: Christmas / Holidays Away from Home|
In Portugal, we have " Missa do Galo", a church
service on Christmas eve at midnight. We exchange
gifts on Christmas morning. Los nuestros hermanos, the
spanish, exchange gifts on the 6th of January, wich we
call "Dia de reis"(Covadonga, correct me if I'm wrong).
On christmas eve, it is costumary to eat CodFish and
on Christmas day, Lamb. And, of course, lots of
tipycal Christmas pastries, like filhoses (little
cakes made of either carrots or pumpkin and fried in
vegetable oil. My mother specialized in carrots.) and
many other delicious things which I won't mention now
because it's lunch time and..well, you know.. ;_)
I have a friend that is married to a Russian girl and their kids are very fortunate as far as Christmas is concerned. Portuguese and Russians celebrate Christmas on diferent days and they decided to celebrate it both ways so that their children would know of both their parents traditions. That way, they get presents on two different ocasions.
Bye, Rui from Lisbon