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Christmas Around the World: Nicaragua

Feliz Navidad

I am a typical American girl. Christmas for me growing up was the stereotypical straight out of the Christmas movies with family, food, and fun. My husband is a first generation American. His family lived in Nicaragua and fled to Miami, Florida to escape their home country that was ravaged by civil war. When we had our daughter, we knew that teaching her about both sides of heritage would be important. We want her to know her origins and to learn about the culture that her grandparents are a part of.


As part of the Christmas Around The World series, I decided that we needed to find out more about Christmas is Nicaragua from Isabella’s sweet great-grandma. We spent an afternoon with her in which she prepared and served us traditional Nicaraguan cuisine and told us about Christmas traditions via my husband who acted as a  translator.

Feliz Navidad


Christmas is celebrated on December 24th in Nicaragua instead of the 25th. This is because Nicaragua’s population in predominately catholic and so families do their big Christmas feast before midnight mass that evening.

Being such a religious country, the Nativity plays a big role with the children. Nativity scenes are featured in most homes.

They give each other gifts and also children can expect gifts from “Papa Noel”.


A traditional Christmas dinner includes roasted chicken, gallo pinto (a rice and beans dish), nacatamals (meat tamales) and flan.

We enjoyed learning about Christmas in Nicaragua and hope you did too!

Be sure to head over to the Christmas Around The World landing page to learn about many other countries!



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