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Taste of Spain - Issue #030: Christmas in Spain
November 25, 2014

Christmas in spain

Christmas in Spain is quite a treat - the action gears up in mid-December and doesn't stop until January 6. There is the giant multi-billion euro lottery, splendid nativity scenes, lots of great food and one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations you are likely to see.

As is the case throughout most of the Western world, Christmas first starts to rear its ugly head earlier and earlier each year. Traditional sweets such as turron and marzipan appeared in supermarkets in late October. However, apart from this, little takes place until December.

Keep reading about Christmas in Spain

Spanish christmas Gifts:Christmas is approaching, and you're facing the usual question: What should I buy him (or her)? Well, we've got some ideas... What about something the whole family will enjoy? How about some Spanish Christmas Gifts?
We've prepared an small selection of Spanish Christmas Gifts that we believe you will like... Let's take a look!

Spanish Christmas Menu

In Spanish, Christmas Eve is called La Noche Buena or “The Good Night” and in Spain it is celebrated with a large family feast that is eaten late in the evening and lasts a couple hours. Some families attend midnight mass before or after, although many families are still finishing dinner around the table at midnight! Christmas Eve is a time for celebrating in neighborhood bars and taverns and around the table with family and friends, not a time for gift exchanges or Santa Claus. That must wait until January 6th, which is Epiphany, a religious holiday.

We have put together a menu for Christmas Eve dinner, Spanish-style. It has several courses and includes tapas or appetizers, as well as dessert and coffee or after-dinner drinks. None of the recipes are terribly difficult to prepare and you certainly do not have to use all of them.

Discover our typical Spanish Christmas' menu

Spanish christmas sweets:Spain's gastronomic wealth comes to its pinnacle at Christmas time. It is a time for parties and celebrations, and also for big meals with, of course, typical Christmas sweets. These are exquisite, traditional recipes, many of which have centuries of history - something not to be missed at this time of year. Come and spend a few unforgettable days in our country and discover a world of unique, smooth flavours, a real treat for the taste buds.

Products of the month

Holiday Entertaining Basket:What an effortless way to share the famous tapas of Spain! We have gathered a selection of our most popular and easy-to-serve Spanish foods all packed in an attractive basket. It makes an excellent gift and a perfect introduction to the cuisine of Spain. Everything is ready to open and serve, no preparation necessary.

Cava & Bonbons Basket:A sophisticated gift basket for the one you love. We have paired Rabitos Royale, award winning chocolate bonbons from Extremadura, with a beautiful bottle of one the world's great sparkling wines: cava from Cataluna.
Rabitos Royale are tiny tender figs stuffed with creamy dark chocolate truffle and dipped in dark chocolate. One of our most popular products, Rabitos are a sophisticated confection that pairs perfectly with sparkling cava.

Holiday Turrón Gift Sampler by 1880:Share the joy of Spain’s delectable Christmas candies! This turrón gift sampler is a selection of 8 classic candies presented in 35 individually wrapped portions, from crunchy Alicante almond turrón to chocolate bonbons stuffed with creamy almond and honey turrón. Sample these special selections yourself or share the joy of Spanish Christmas with a friend!
We've made it easy to share our favorite turrones this holiday season with this delightful gift pack by 1880. Inside is a gold tray with individually wrapped portions of premium holiday candies.

Wines of the month

Bodegas Botani Sparkling Muscat 2012:For centuries, the beautiful floral bouquets using bunches of jasmine, have been sold in the streets of Malaga. Each flower is inserted carefully one by one, to form a perfect cluster. Sparkling Botani reflects every detail of an honorable tradition with centuries of existence. Each bunch of grapes is picked by hand to create a sparkling wine so vibrant that it explodes on the palate and fills the glass with exotic floral aromas.
92 Points - "The 2012 Botani Sparkling Muscat is Spain’s answer to a Moscato from Northern Italy. The first sparkler made in Málaga, it has 5% alcohol, beautiful, fresh bubbles that give uplift and precision to the flowery, exotic perfume, and a good bit of residual sugar. However, the acidity balances out the sugar, resulting in a big, crisp, sparkling fruit cocktail that consumers will adore. The price is a steal." -The Wine Advocate

Celebration Wine Collection (6 Bottles):Spain is all about sharing meaningful times with extended family around the dinner table. Every time our family gets together for a celebration, we select some of our best loved Spanish wines to share. This collection includes some of our favorites, from delicious reds for the main course to sparkling cavas to savor with chocolate or fruit.
When friends and family arrive, so do their varying palates - this celebration sampler includes a delicious variety, sure to please all of your guests! The sampler comes with tasting notes for each wine, plus a chrome shell wine stopper for preserving any bottles that aren't empty at the end of the night.


Jordi Vallés

PS: Remember you can find many more Spanish recipes at and

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