Christmas Around the World {Brazil}

Boas Festas! (Good Holidays!)

We ended our 3 week study of Christmas Around the World with Brazil.  We were all very excited to learn about Brazil’s traditions because we have a sister-in-law that grew up there.  Thank you for all the wonderful information Rebecca!!!

Christmas in Brazil is a little bit different,we celebrate on the 24th and the celebration goes sometimes until 26th, we do eat, a lot of everything revolves around food there. The food is turkey or ham, usually with rice and vegetables, and another dish that we make with bread crumbs, potato salad and a sauce that we use to make the turkey or the ham that has orange juice, and we have a bread called Panetone that is made with some fruits is really soft!  Another one is the cake of the kings really good too, etc.. The opening presents is one present per person and Santa is the one that delivers, after eating we open presents and about an hour later we go out to look at some lights around the city or we go to a friends house and spend all night eating more and talking, and the kids play until they fall asleep! We call the next day, “the day to bury the bones”, ’cause we eat all the left overs to the bones, and there it goes, more eating and talking! We do have a Christmas tree but we don’t have stockings. We don’t have time to go to bed it’s just celebration. During the celebration we take our time to talk about the Savior, we open the Bible or an Ensign to read an article and pray to remember Jesus Christ


This is the yummy Panettone that Beth made.  it’s about 10″ tall!

The Story of Panettone:

A young nobleman fell in love with a baker’s daughter. To win her love, and her father’s approval, he disguised himself as a baker and invented a rich bread with eggs, honey, and dried fruit. Everyone was so impressed, including the Duke of Milan, that their wedding was blessed. From then on, her father (whose name was  Toni) baked the bread every Christmas.

Easy, Delicious Panettone Recipe:

  • ¾ cup lukewarm water
  • 1 Tbs. yeast
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup (1 stick) melted butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup mixed dried fruit (raisins, currants, cherries, etc…)

Mix yeast, salt, honey, eggs, melted butter, vanilla, and zest with water in a large bowl.

Mix in flour and dried fruit, without kneading – just  stir well.

Cover and allow to rest at room temperature about 2 hours.

Knead in enough flour to make it just manageable (about ¼ cup) and knead briefly.

Form into a ball shape and place in well-buttered pan. (I used a tall cake mold. You could obviously use a Panettone mold or a brioche mold – or make into small balls into a muffin tin.)

Loosely cover, and let rise for 1-2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375

Brush top with lightly beaten egg white

Bake for 50 -55 minutes (if your shelf is too high, cover top with aluminum foil during the last half hour)

Smaller loaves will take less time – adjust as necessary.


About Missy

I'm a wife to an awesome Army vet, and mother to four daughters and three step-sons! I love to sew. I learned to sew in 4H, and from my Oma while staying with her for a week or two in the summers as a young girl. I love to bake desserts. I would love to live on lots of land and own lots of animals. I've always been drawn to nature which has lead me towards a more natural and healthy lifestyle which I'm finally trying to bring back into my life, and those precious lives around me.
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