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Christmas in Costa Rica
Transcript of Christmas in Costa Rica
Feliz Navidad !
Costa Rica has a unique way of celebrating Christmas. Christmas in Costa Rica is a spiritual time of celebrating the birth of Jesus and the time of bright lights, festive music, and of course, spending time with family and friends. Just like in Canada Costa Rica celebrates Christmas Eve on the twenty fourth and Christmas day of the twenty fifth, but Christmas season does not end till the sixth of January.
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Costa Ricans are fascinated by wonders of snow! They almost never get to see snow because their so close to the equator. (sound machine) While other parts in the world are experiencing the cold winter in December, Costa Rica does not have to go through freezing temperatures like other countries. The rainy seasons are officially over and the climate is cool and it is less damp. Daily highs are 27 degrees to about 29 degrees, but if you near beaches or lowlands high temperatures of thirty five to mid forty's. Typically Costa Rica is described as tropical and dry during the Christmas season. Humidity ranges around 70% and wind speeds in the season average at 19km/h. On average their should be about 4 foggy days in the month of December. Sea temperature's should range around the 28 degrees, which is an ideal temperature to go swimming in the ocean. The sun will be up almost everyday, which means its perfect to celebrate the Christmas season.
On Christmas Eve everyone put on their finest clothes and goes to the mid night mass called Misa de Gallo translated as mass of the rooster. Lots of annual fiestas , parades, street parties, bull runs and dance festivals take place of the twenty third, fourth, fifth or sixth of December. The most exiting is the Toros a la Tica bullfights. Many young men hop in to the arena trying to scare the bulls into charging. Just like in Mexico the Ticos celebrate posadas a family tradition, nine days before Christmas day. The catholic nation of Costa Rica puts figures of the stable, Mary, Joseph, the three wise man, animals and the manger and on the twenty fifth the Costa Ricans put Jesus on the manger. The family posadas often occupies most of the living room. Every day till Christmas day the people put offerings of food and fruits in front of the figures. The night before Christmas the children put their shoe under the Christmas tree for the Christ Child to fill it up with treats and small gifts.
During the Christmas season people of the Costa Rica like to decorate their homes with gorgeous tropical flowers and sometimes vibrant fruits. Traditional Figures such as horses animals are put around the house. As well as hand made Christmas wreaths made from cypress branches, red coffee beans and a large bow then, hung on the door. A few days before Christmas, the tree is put up and decorated with white paint and brilliantly colored bands of ribbon, bright lights, ornaments, Christmas figures and a gold star placed on the top, that symbolizes the star the three wise men saw while on their journey. Costa Ricans place candles by the window and light them up every night. By the end on November almost every house has their lights up and celebrating the joy of Christmas.
Gift Giving Traditions
In Costa Rica gifts should never be wrapped in black or purple because of the two significant colors of holy week. Giving the gift of coffee and fruits would be inappropriate and offensive in Costa Rica. Lilies should never be given to someone as it is used for funerals and means death. In Costa Rica Santa does not give the gifts , they are brought by baby Jesus called Noche Buena the night before Christmas while the children are asleep. Christmas Day is a special day for children who receive and play with presents that they have been anxious to open.
After the midnight mass a meal is eaten, theirs nothing better than eating the special Costa Rican tamales that are served after many hours of preparation, on the side of egg nog or rum punch. Tamales are made out of corn based dough filled with grilled chicken or pork , carrots, tomatoes , onions, red peppers and green beans for cooking in plantain leaves. Pupusas, tortillas are served along with empanadas made from grilled pork or chicken topped with many other ingredients. The feast is topped off with bowls of fresh grapes and apples imported just for the holiday season. Costa Ricas national dessert is the Tres Leches cake translated as three milks. It is one of the easiest, fastest and most popular desserts during the Christmas season. If you would like to know how to make the Tres cake visit our website at www. CR25recipe.com
Unsalted butter, softened, for the pan
4 oz. (1 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
5 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup whole milk
3/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
For the soaking liquid:
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1 12-oz. can evaporated milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
Pinch kosher salt
For the topping:
2 cups heavy cream
2 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
For the cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour a 13 by 9-inch metal pan and set aside.
Whisk together the cake flour, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl and set aside.
Place the butter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on medium speed until fluffy, approximately 1 minute. Decrease the speed to low and with the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar over 1 minute. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl, if necessary. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix to thoroughly combine. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine. Add the flour mixture to the batter in 3 batches and mix just until combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and spread evenly. This will appear to be a very small amount of batter. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake is lightly golden and reaches an internal temperature of 200 degrees F.
Remove the cake pan to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Poke the top of the cake all over with a skewer or fork. Allow the cake to cool completely and then prepare the glaze.
For the glaze:
Whisk together the evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and the half-and-half in a 1-quart measuring cup. Once combined, pour the glaze over the cake. Refrigerate the cake overnight.
Place the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla into the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk together on low until stiff peaks are formed. Change to medium speed and whisk until thick. Spread the topping over the cake and allow to chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
What time is it? SUMMER TIME ! SCHOOLS OUT SCREAM AND SHOUT!
That`s right its that time of year for the Costa Rican children. During the Christmas season the children begin their summer vacation.
History of Christmas in Costa Rica
In the time of CE440 the catholic church announced that the birth of Jesus Christ should be celebrated every year in the month of December on the twenty fifth. Christmas traditions in Costa Rica started when Christmas was first celebrated in 1601' s. Don Vasquez de Coronado the governor of Costa Rica planned the festivities and declared it a national holiday. This was very important to the Costa Ricans because many of them were catholic. Poinsettia the traditional Christmas flower originally grew in Mexico Central America and Costa Rica. Poinsettias are known as ``Flower of the Holy Night.´´
The most meaningful tree in Costa Rica is the tree in the Children's National Hospital. The tree is known for representing hope for the next year and gratefulness for all we have. The tree has been up in Children's National Hospital for decades and give the feeling of light and hope for the sick children.
Last day of Christmas Season
The Christmas season does not end till the sixth of January. It is the day which is thought to be the day, The Three Wise Man reached the stable and saw the Christ Child (Jesus) for the first time. On January sixth all the neighbors get together and create a prayer for Baby Jesus. The prayer is inspired by Christmas carols and the rosary. Later on they have a picnic with coffee, fruits, and all different types of pastries.
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Dear Miss. Crocittos class,
Thank you for watching and being interested in learning about how Christmas is celebrated here. Costa Rica is truly a marvelous place to be during the Christmas season. The lights and festivals make it even more extraordinary and amusing. We don't have snow here and I know you do not like snow. Instead you can swim in the Pacific and Caribbean coastlines in one of our 300 beaches. Travelocity does have a Christmas special you would like to visit Costa Rica. Have a Feliz Navidad and thank you for taking your time to learn about how Christmas is celebrated. May the Christ child bring you the joy of Christmas and don't forget to leave you shoe out by the tree.
Feliz Navidad from, CR 25
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