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					VALENCIA AT CHRISTMAS
VALENCIA AT CHRISTMAS TIME
• Valencia becomes alive with the spirit of
  Christmas with its exquisite decorations and
  stunning lighting. The council decorates its
  gardens of seasonal flowers and makes sure
  that all the shops and business participate in the
  season and placing red carpets at the entrance,
  special packaging and having the traditional
  Christmas “lotes” where people can buy raffle
  tickets. It is not only the sights that make it
  Christmas but also the smells including “Turron”,
  roast chestnuts and almonds.
• The city is full of street markets.
• The circus also comes to town and it is traditional for the parents to
  take the children to see the wonderful specticle.
• The tradition of the Nativity Display dates back to 1223 when San
  Francisco of Asís placed a display of the Baby Jesus and the
  donkey in their setting amongst some caves. It is tradition that
  continues to the present day with people placing nativity scenes in
  their houses amongst their other decorations. In Valencia they
  place an extremely beautiful scenes called “Belén Monumenetal”
  that the Council places in the”Plaza del Ayuntamiento” from
  approximately the 17th December until the 7th January. Additionally
  schools also places a large nativity display around the same times.
• Of course, Valencia would not be Valencia
  without a bit of gunpowder! On New Years
  Day there is the best “Mascletà” of the
  year which takes place in the Plaza
  Ayuntamiento. On Christmas eve all the
  churches hold a special mass which is
  called “Misa del Gallo” and this takes
  place al 12 o’clock midnight and they sing
  the traditional Christmas hymns and
  carols.
• Don’t forget your grapes as at New Year at 12
  midnight it is traditional to pop a grape when the
  bell tolls. For the children, the presents are
  usually received on Christmas Day like in
  England but over here one special present is
  withheld to be given by the Three Wise Kings
  from the Orient. This is on the 6th of January. At
  this time floats fill the streets along with the
  Three Kings and their group of workers. They
  throw sweets to all the children as well as
  footballs and other small toys etc.
A TRADITIONAL SPANISH CHRISTMAS
            POLVORONES

   These are found in the supermarkets and are
wrapped in paper. They are flour based with many
     varieties including coconut, cinnamon and
   chocolate. They are fun to eat but can be a bit
messy if you don’t know the trick! Firstly (and with
 the paper on), squash and compact them in your
  hands. Then you can eat them and they will not
             crumble all over the place.
          GRATES /UVAS

    Traditions has it that on New Years Eve, when the
 bells toll midnight you pop a grape in your mouth with
 every “dong”. This sounds easy and is for the first four
and five but after that it starts getting more difficult and
if that wasn’t bad enough, after, the 12 grape you have
   to shout “Feliz Año Nuevo”. This is the point where
   most of the grapes come flying out! The grapes are
 often accompanied with a glass of cava to wash them
             down and ring in the New Year.
               ROSCÓN DE REYES

This is a ring of sweet bread which is decorated on top
 with crystallised fruit and sugar with a paper crown on
    top. Some of them are also halved and filled with
 cream. These are eaten to celebrate the day of Reyes
    but be careful as there is a surprise in everyone!
   Hidden inside there is a bean and a king. Whoever
gets the slice with the king. Whoever gets the slice with
 the king has to wear the crown and has good luck for
the year. However, if you are the one who has the slice
  with the bean, then you have to buy the Roscon the
                          next year!
            TURRÓN

   El Turrón is similar to our nougat.
  However, in Spain there are many
varieties from chocolate to almond and
 honey. The handmade Turrones are
 unbeatable and it is worth paying the
  extra. They are usually brought out
after dinner along with the coffees and
      often are accompanied with
              polvorones.
                      GAMBAS

  On Christmas the Spanish celebrate with a
    large family dinner. On the table you can
expect to see all the traditional Spanish treats
  including special cheeses, embutidos (cold
      meats) and normally they cook lamb.
However, very traditional are the prawns and
 the table would not be complete without the
   seafood. Normally all types of prawns are
     placed on the grill and then enjoyed by
                    everyone.
              COTILLÓN

    This is a little party bag that provides
 everything you need to welcome in the New
   Year. Many bars and restaurants supply
 these free of charge and the host of a party
   will provide one for all their guests. They
contain party hats, balloons, streamers, party
              poppers and hooters.
               HONEY ROAST TURKEY
                 WITH CHESTNUT
 PAVO CON MIEL
ACOMPAÑADO DE
                    STUFFING
 CASTAÑA
                  INGREDIENTS
               3.5-4.0 KG. TURKEY
           75 GMS, BUTTER- SOFTENED
               45ML CLEAR HONEY
              SALT & BLACK PEPPER
                    STUFFING
STUFFING INGREDIENTS
100 gms. Fresh breadcrumbs small
onion chopped finely half tsp. Dried
              sage
   100 gms chesnuts – chopped
          Stock to mix.
             TURKEY

1. Place the turkey in a large roasting
   tin. Mix the butter & honey together
   & spread over the turkey.
2. Roast at 190c (375) for 2.5 to 3
   hrs. basting regularly. To test if
   ready insert a sharp knife into the
   thigh joint & check juices run clear.
3. Cover with foil and rest for at least
   30 mins.
                 STUFFINF
1. Saute the onions & sage in a little butter or
   olive oil.
2. Put breadcrumbs, chestnuts in a mixing bowl,
   add onion mixture. Mix well and bring to a ball
   with the stock, adding a little at a time.
3. Shape into with your hands or use an ice
   cream scoop. Place on an lightly oiled baking
   sheet and cook for 20 mins along with your
   roasties.
• These can also be made in advance and
  put in the freezer – will take about an hour
  to thaw, then cook as above.
                 GRAVY
• Pour the juices from the turkey into
  saucepan, stir in 2 tbsps. Plain flour &
  cook over a low heat for 1 min. gradually
  add 500ml. Of the liquid from the
  vegetables – 2 tbsps. Redcurrant jelly and
  a glass of red wine. Salt & pepper. Bring to
  the boil, simmer for 3-4 mins. Serve in a
  warm gravy boat.
COM CELEBREM EL NADAL EN
        L’ESCOLA
                  L’ARBRE DE NADAL
                   EL.LABORAT AMB
                     ESTRELLES
                      AMB FOTOS
                  DELS XIQUETS/TES
TARGETES NADALENQUES
LES NADALES
EL BETLEM
EL PARE NOEL
REYES MAGOS
      • Y PARA TERMINAR LAS
         FIESTAS SE CELEBRA
         LA GRAN CABALGATA
               DE LOS REYES
                     MAGOS.

				
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