Christmas In Argentina


As in Australia, Christmas in Argentina is warm, and families tend to stay in the air-conditioning to stay cool. Since there is no snow, the locals decorate their evergreen Christmas trees with cotton balls to simulate snow on the tree branches found in Northern Hemisphere countries. They observe the holiday with most of Christmas Day spent in services. People go from house to house, visiting and caroling.

As in other countries that use the Julian calendar, the Magi who bring the children gifts do not come until January 7. On January 6, Argentina children place their shoes beneath their beds or under the Christmas tree, as well as leaving hay and water out for the horses of the Magi.




Copyright 2003 Mary E. Bishop