CHRISTMAS IN VENEZUELA
In Venezuela on December 16th families bring out their pesebres which is a specially designed and thought out
depiction of the nativity scene.
It is a custom to attend at one of nine carol services is observed by most Venezuelans. Firecrackers explode and
bells ring to call worshippers from bed in the predawn hours. The last of the masses takes place on Nochebuena de
Navidad Christmas Eve. Families attend a mass on this night and then return home to a huge and fancy dinner.
On January 6th when the children awaken they will discover that the straw that they had left beside their bed the night
before has gone and in its place are gifts the children know that the Magi and their camels have been and when they go
to look in the mirror if they have a black smudge on their cheek they know that Balthazar, King of the Ethiopians has
kissed them whilst they slept.
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