On the evening of 24 December, the traditional Christmas dinner takes place, during which the whole family gathers to spend time together and share a delicious meal. Chicken or turkey and the sweet bread “pan de pascua” (Easter bread) are traditionally served. This “pan” is baked with candied fruit and nuts and is reminiscent of German Christmas stollen or Italian panettone.
The typical Christmas drink is “cola de mono” (monkey’s tail), a name that may sound strange to those who don’t know this drink. It is usually made from pisco, milk, coffee, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. The origin of the name is not known, though there are some theories. The best known of these is that the name goes back to the Chilean politician Pedro Montt, whose nickname was “Mono (monkey) Montt”. When the wine ran out at one of his election parties, a new drink was mixed from the mentioned ingredients, which became known in time and named “cola de mono”.
The travelArt team wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020.