Christmas Day in Uruguay ― Date, History, and Details

Christmas Day in Uruguay

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History of Christmas Day in Uruguay and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Christmas in Uruguay is a very special time. Families gather together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and exchange gifts. The holiday season is also a time for special meals and treats.

Uruguayans decorate their homes with Nativity scenes, Christmas trees, and lights. On Christmas Eve, many families attend Midnight Mass. After Mass, they return home to enjoy a traditional meal of roasted lamb, potatoes, and salad.

For dessert, families often enjoy pan dulce, a sweet bread made with fruit and nuts. On Christmas Day, many Uruguayans attend church services and spend time with family and friends.

In the evening, some families attend Las Posadas, a religious procession that commemorates Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem. Las Posadas ends on December 24th, but the Christmas celebrations continue until January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany.