Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Christmas Traditions in Argentina

“With a strong European influence, it is more common to see a Christmas tree complete with cotton balls to represent snow which is amusing for those who know that it has only snowed once, and briefly in Buenos Aires in the last ten years. The tree incorporates a blending of the local and international cultures as a Santa Claus ornament can appear beside an ornament made by a South American artist. With presents underneath them for children, the tree symbolizes the evolution of Christmas in this country. However, the traditional pesebre or nativity scene is still a focal point when decorating the Argentina home. It was once the area to place presents but now shares a space close to the Christmas tree with presents underneath.”

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