British v Brazilian Christmas


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I just got back to Brazil after two freezing but glorious weeks in the UK, where I celebrated Christmas with family and friends. This year my Brazilian boyfriend joined us for the first time and it was interesting to see how different the festive period is in our two cultures. He is still recovering from the trauma of Christmas jumpers, brussel sprouts and excessive consumption of Quality Street.

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In the UK we definitely like to drag the proceedings out much longer, with the whole of December focused on Christmas. We use advent calendars to count down the days and the whole month is full of Christmas markets, mulled wine and basically any excuse to be gluttonous. Here in São Paulo, aside from some questionable plastic snowmen, gradually appearing in the 35 degree heat, I wouldn´t have known it was Christmas. It´s really just about the day itself. Brazilians celebrate on the 24th December, whereas…

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Director of Manchester School of Samba at http://www.sambaman.org.uk
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