Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Countdown to Christmas 2021 Midweek 1


Around the World for Christmas! First Stop: Argentina

This year, we will be going to climb into Santa’s sleigh and head around the world while he delivers his presents to good boys and girls. We are going to peek in on the celebrations from all of our neighbors celebrating Christmas. Maybe, we will grab a toast or three along the way.

Dress warm; wear your mittens; put your scarf on; wear goggles if you have them. We are on our way!

First stop is Argentina.

Argentina is made up of around 92 percent Catholics, so their celebrations are close to a traditional Catholic celebration filled with Mass and church celebrations. The Argentineans greet you with Feliz Navidad in order to wish you a Merry Christmas.

There are many days of Christmas carols, family gatherings and beautiful decorations in red, green and gold. The doors of the homes are draped in garland, and the Christmas tree may be adorned in lace. Because of the traditional Roman Catholic heritage, the Nativity Scene – persebre – is one of the most important parts of decorating for the holidays. Every family has one, and it is prominently displayed during the season.

Because Christmas falls during a very warm season in Argentina, the Argentineans like to apply cotton balls to the tips of tree branches to simulate snow. You might want to remove your mittens or hats at this point.

Christmas dinner is served on the 24th of December in the evening, and the celebration is followed by a toast for the adults and fireworks to delight the children. Presents are opened at midnight while lovely paper balloons – globos – fly through the night sky, piloted by a lit candle.

Christmas dinner consists of a roast turkey or pork. Stuffed tomatoes, minced pie and puddings accompany the dinner. The main dish could be a roasted duck or a peacock. Another traditional favorite is the ninos enveuettas, which is a combination of minced meat, onions, hardboiled eggs and spices all stuffed into the center of  3-inch strip of steak. This is served with chimichurri. The toast consists of a fruit drink with chunks of fruit. Deserts of dulce de leche (mahvelous caramel) and a lager or two round out the evening.

The blending of Hispanic, European and American traditions make Christmas in Argentina one that most can recognize, but with an amazing combination of blended foods that are sure to delight the taste buds with their spices.

The holiday season is finalized on the 6th of January with the gift of the Three Kings Day being distributed to the children of Argentina. Children place their shoes outside the home, and the Magi come and fill them with gifts. Instead of cookies and milk, Argentinean children put hay and water out for the Magi’s horses. Some children keep their shoes under their beds. Maybe those were the bad kids.

Maybe some of these gifts have found their way into the wrapped presents under the tree.

Jasper Eagle Spirit Totem Pendant Rainbow Obsidian Copper Necklace Southwest Sedona Design

Vintage Swarovski Amber Topaz Earrings, Autumn Teardrop Jewelry
Victorian Style Treasures 

Orange and Black Circular Lamp Works Bead Pendant

HUGE Buckeye Burl Exotic Wood Earrings

Crocheted Baby Lamb w Satin Ribbon Easter Gift

Lilacs Lampwork Earrings, Purple Green Amethyst Handmade Jewelry Gift
Shadow Dog Designs 

Extra Small Wrist Stretch Bracelet for Little Girl

Red Wood and Ochre Riverstone Lightweight 19 inch Necklace Set

Blue Yellow Orange Handmade Polymer Clay Earrings for Women Dangles

Quick, everyone back in the sleigh.

We have a lot more stops to make on our journey around the world for Christmas, and I would not want you to miss the trip.

Julie and Harry


  1. What an interesting post on Argentinean Christmas customs, Julie and Harry! Love the cotton balls on the tips of trees to represent snow. And I love all your picks, all perfect as gifts found under the tree. Many thanks for including my lilacs earrings. Will pin, schedule tweets and share all around. treats to the Handsome Florida Pup from an Ever Watchful Desert Moose. Thanks, again!

  2. Thank you for the story about Christmas in Argentina. I love reading about Christmas celebrations around the world. And thank you for all the work you put in to make a wonderful blog page.

    Pinned and tweeted. Back later to do some more promotion.

  3. Pinned to Christmas and Winter gifts and tweeted. URL posted to my FB.

  4. Thank you, Julie for including my little stretch bracelet for your midweek post. Christmas in Argentina sounds like fun. I like how they simulate snow on the trees with cotton balls. I should send them some snow from Ohio, we have plenty to share! lol Shared each item to Pinterest on various boards. Will be sharing this post soon on Facebook.

  5. Thank you Julie for organizing another year of great Christmas Countdown Gifts, Thank you for including my little lamb! Always love reading your various history's of Christmas, This year Argentina's customs and food! Very interesting!! Pinned and tweeted all1

  6. Thanks Julie for the informative post and hosting our links.

    All have been scheduled and tweeted.

  7. Thank you Julie and Harry for the midweek post. love the history that you present. I love the idea of cotton balls on the tree.

    I have shared on 3 Pinterest boards and will be sharing elsewhere.

  8. Thank you so much Julie for the extra promotion and for putting together our entire Christmas Countdown. I loved the history you gave on Argentina's celebration. All will be pinned, tweeted and hash-tagged.

  9. This is a lovely blog article and great collection! Treats to all the furpals! Off to promote the blog.