|Brazilian Santa Claus figurine. Sits on top of my mother's piano, it has been in our family for many decades|
There is no such thing as a Brazilian Christmas and there is no such thing as an American Christmas.
Christmas traditions were brought to the new world across the big pond by the waves of immigrants that came from Europe.
Christmas in Brazil is as similar to Christmas in the United States as the immigrants that formed both nations.
Brazilian Christmas have more European elements brought over from Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Ukraine, Poland and even from Christian Lebanese.
The United States has Christmas elements from Germany, Norway, Sweden, England, Wales, France, Russia among many others...
Do you see the similarities?
I do, I have experienced Christmas in Brazil for more than 20 years and have experienced Christmas in the United States for almost 20 years now, so trust me, there are very subtle differences besides the weather being cold in the US and summer in Brazil.
Very popular in Brazil, Italy and Switzerland. Panettone has always been a strong Brazilian Christmas tradition brought most certainly from Italy and Switzerland and it is increasing in the United States every year.
We can find it all over New England and we used to see it everywhere in Florida as well.
It is not hard to make the connection between Panettone and Fruit Cake, very similar cakes, both with European roots.
Panettone has been a tradition in Europe since the Roman Empire, thousands of years ago, even before the birth of Jesus Christ.
Ironically enough the most sold Panettone in the world today is Bauducco, a Brazilian Panettone brand from Sao Paulo.
|Brazilian Bauducco Panettone, a Christmas staple for thousands of years|
Santa Claus wears heavy clothing because the traditions as we know started in countries such as Austria, Germany and Switzerland where it's cold during Christmas, not Kansas, Florida or Washington state...
So if you ask why Brazilian Santa Claus wears heavy velour? How ridiculous is that? Brazilian Santa Claus wearing heavy velour costumes...??
I will tell you what's up with that! If Santa Claus was Brazilian, Californian, Australian, New Zealander or Floridian he would be wearing a red speedo and he would be seen with a surf board instead of a sleigh, he would be seen with Emus and not Reindeers :)
|This is what a Brazilian Santa Claus would look like if Christmas was a Brazilian created tradition! Or Californian, or Australian...you get the idea! :)|
I have the up most respect and love for my dear adopted country, the United States, but you don't know how many times I have wished all Americans would be required to take mandatory Geography and History in High School.
I have to say that childish blog rants about MY CHRISTMAS at the trailer park in KANSAS or my little town in WASHINGTON state being the REAL Christmas and everybody else's Christmas just sucking have gotten on my nerves this year!
Big TIME! Snap out of it!
You are not Kansas anymore or Washington state for that matter!
If you are not literate enough in world history, geography and
How arrogant to say YOUR CHRISTMAS songs are REAL! That you are the only one from a culture that has CHRISTMAS COOKIES, so you just write on your blog that BRAZIL has no Christmas traditions, no Christmas cookies, the songs you hear irritate you because they are in Portuguese, they are not real and everything is a mere imitation, really?
Decorated Palm trees? NO, Brazil has every species of EVERGREEN growing in abundance, there goes the lack of Geography classes again, you just need to travel a little around Sao Paulo, Minas, Rio or any Southern State to see mountains covered in all kinds of Pine trees and evergreens!
|Brazilian Christmas tree farm. Sao Paulo state.|
My father has always bought a REAL, EVERGREEN Christmas tree in Sao Paulo every year and they smell as good if not better than the ones I can buy in New England. They are sold in many corners of the city.
|Natural Christmas trees for sale in Sao Paulo|
If your Brazilian family has no Christmas traditions brought from Europe, where Christmas traditions were created, your Brazilian family is probably neither Christian nor of an European background and if they are, perhaps they are just the type that don't care for Christmas traditions, so please don't sell a wrong image of Brazil.
There were no Christmas traditions in Africa or within the Amazonian Indians for example so if your family is not of European tradition, it will be hard for them to teach you or share with you something they don't have or know little about.
Don't tell me Brazilians have no Christmas traditions, it is offensive, ignorant and NOT TRUE!