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12 Days Of Christmas

Each day in the 12 days leading up to Christmas Day the Pure Portugal Team decided to share a Portuguese word relating to Christmas or winter to prepare us all for the fun festive time ahead! If you missed the daily posts on our Facebook group – Pure Portugal Living The Good Life you can read them all here again below!
First Day Of Christmas
Pinheiro – Pine Tree 
The favoured tree to be used as the Christmas Tree! Can also be known as ‘Avore de Nata
Second Day Of Christmas
Rabanadas
A traditional treat, sometimes called the Portuguese French toast! Try making your own using this recipe

Third Day Of Christmas
Aldeais de Natal – Christmas Villages
Every Christmas these pop up all over Portugal and seem to get more and more imaginative each year. One of the most popular (deservedly so) is Obidos Vila Natal which has ice skating, fairground rides, ice slide, trampolines, face painting, Santa’s house and much, more. Whichever one you go to you’re sure to feel totally in the Christmas spirit by the time you leave!

Fourth Day Of Christmas
Feliz Natal – Happy Christmas
Something you most certainly will have heard being said by now, and easy to say whether you speak Portuguese or not! What better time to start than at Christmas

Fifth Day Of Christmas
Madeiro – A huge traditional fire!
Held in the villages and towns across Central Portugal in which a large pile of wood is set alight. The largest and most notable is the Vila Madeiro in Penamacor which is a true sight to behold, lit on 23rd December at midnight! There are many other smaller ones in smaller towns and villages surrounding Penamacor you can go and see too.

Sixth Day Of Christmas
Neve – Snow
Most people don’t think of snow and Portugal in the same sentence, but in winter the Serra de Estrela Mountains really do have some impressive snow! You can even ski and toboggan up there at the dedicated ski slope which has several inexpensive slopes, if you don’t have your own equipment you can hire it there too (and they have an amazing cafe looking over the slopes if you prefer to just be a spectator!)

Seventh Day Of Christmas
Lareira – Fireplace
Somewhere to hang stockings and of course to sit and keep warm, nothing brings that Christmas feel quite like the glow and warmth of a lovely fireplace at Christmas!

Eighth Day Of Christmas
Termas – Thermal Springs
What more can you need than the chance to warm yourself up in one of Portugal’s many beautiful thermal spas. You leave feeling like you’ve had a day on a sunny beach (especially if you got a few bruises from the ski slope mentioned above!) There are lots to choose from dotted all over the country. More info on locations and how to visit on this link

Ninth Day Of Christmas
Luzes – Lights
Portugal is definitely not shy when it comes lights at Christmas! We also can look ahead to light of a different kind, in the form of lighter nights as the weeks roll into 2019 thanks to today being Winter Solstice! 

Tenth Day Of Christmas
Zero Graus – Zero Degrees!
Okay… yes, Portugal is warm and sunny more than it’s not, but in winter the weather really does get festive!! You often have to go ‘up’ to get the really cold weather but as you can see here in this photo, when you do, you find some seriously impressive icicles!

Eleventh Day Of Christmas
Consoada – Christmas Eve Dinner
Traditionally this would have been eaten at the end of a day of fasting and prayer. Still eaten traditionally today, it usually features salted codfish (Bacalhãu) potatoes and eggs – try making it yourself here!

Twelfth Day Of Christmas
Pai Natal – Father Christmas
Christmas Day Is here!! Merry Christmas! Did he bring present

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