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The holidays are here and it is time to celebrate, Argentine Style!!

If you are learning Spanish in Buenos Aires or plan on traveling to Buenos Aires for Christmas expect blue skies, warm weather, and warm greetings.  In Spanish, Christmas is known as “la Navidad” and during this time of year it is courteous to greet and be greeted by “Feliz Navidad”.  As in most countries, Argentine’s celebrate Christmas Eve “Cena de Navidad” with family and friends over a big feast that lasts long into the night and that is finished out with fireworks and dancing.

Since Christmas in Argentina happens during the summer time the climate calls for a Christmas menu with cold salads, beverages, and dishes that make you feel refreshed. A typical menu will consist of things like fresh fruit, prosciutto with melon, Russian salad, roasted turkey, roasted pork, stuffed tomatoes, minced pies, Christmas’s bread and puddings, and ice cream, accompanied by champagne and cider with small pieces of fruit.  Families will typically agree beforehand on the Christmas menu, that traditionally requires each participant to bring a dish, a beverage, or any part of the Christmas dinner.

Whether you celebrate with family or friends, “la Navidad” en Buenos Aires will be an experience you will not forget and definitely should not miss.

Be the favorite guest, and bring something authentic and delicious:

Ensalada Rusa (Russian Salad):


1 cup boiled potatoes
1 cup boiled carrots
1 cup boiled sweet potatoes
1 cup boiled beets
1 cup boiled or steamed peas
3 tablespoons mayonnaise, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the vegetables. If you prefer, you can use a frozen mix of carrots and peas, or canned beets.
Cut the vegetables into small same-sized cubes. Combine with the mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste and serve.

1 Bottle of champagne or cider.

One of the best ways to get to know a new culture is by spending holidays with locals and participating in typical traditions and customs.

Want to learn Spanish in Argentina and spend the holidays in a sunny and warm climate?  Check out our Spanish School in Buenos Aires!