Christmas 2013 is approaching! Dingdong!
Dingdong! Santa Claus is just around the corner, and it's time to
prepare Christmas gifts.
Have you thought about yours?
Christmas is a time when gifts are an important part of the spirit of this time, which is more important to give than to receive, and to show our loved ones how much we care. It is the universal gift time, don’t you think?
Today we will show you how to celebrate Christmas in the rest of Europe, and what are the favorite gifts between families and friends across Europe.
- Christmas in Germany: There is no tradition of giving Christmas hampers, but it is a specialty to offer gifts among friends and family, especially handicrafts and traditional ones. Throughout the country, on the weekend closest to Christmas they open "Christmas markets” where to drink “Gluehwein" or mulled wine, listen to traditional carols sung by choirs, and try delicacies like roasted almonds or Lebkuchen (spice cake and honey).
- Christmas in Italy: Christmas hampers are offered in Italy (the tradition of giving Christmas hampers reaches the Roman), though not as institutionalized as in Spain. However, the kings of the Christmas hampers are not sausages but the panettone (cake with fruit) and Pandoros (without fruit cake), usually accompanied by liquors and sweet wines, such as Marsala. Ah! Do not forget that Christmas gifts ends with the witch Befana, the night of 5 to January 6.
- Christmas in Spain: Christmas in Spain starts with delivering Christmas lots by companies to their employees, usually between 15-20 of December. These Christmas hampers usually include sausages, wine and Christmas sweets like marzipan or nougat. On December 22 Christmas begins informally with the special Sweepstakes Lottery Christmas. The gifts were distributed to children traditionally the day of the Three Kings (night of 5 to January 6), but in recent decades the tradition of doing the December 24 (Santa Claus) is gaining ground, so that children enjoy their toys during Christmas holidays.
- Christmas in France: France is the country that brings the traditions of Europe: Christmas hampers or “cadeaux de Noël”, are very celebrated, although these are not just gourmet hampers. In areas closer to Germany triumph the markets, and the further south you put cribs in homes. The “galette des rois” is the equivalent of King Cake, and they even send Christmas cards, but in January!
Preparing the Christmas gifts? Today we recommend 2 different lots to surprise with gifts this Christmas 2013:
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut in Case
Christmas hamper Nº 83