If you're wondering what Paraguayans do at Christmastime, they have some great traditions, including the "noche buena" meal on Christmas Eve at midnight. They eat lots chipa guasu (a type of corn casserole, stay tuned for a recipe), asado or grilled meat (some eat it cold), salads, especially fruit salad, watermelon and drink mucho terere.
Most Paraguayans do not decorate Christmas trees (we decorate ours in shorts!) or emphasize Santa Claus. Instead, they put beautiful nativities "pesebres" in their yards and in store fronts. Kind of novel to focus on Christ at Christmas, isn't it!
Gift giving is not a Paraguayan focus. Most families only give small gifts, if any, to each other. A favorite gift to give a neighbor or employee is pan dulce (fruit cake) or cidra.
Whatever fun traditions you might have in your family, we wish you a joyful and blessed Christmas celebration!