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5 Fascinating Facts about Christmas
DIY ANDALUCIAN CHRISTMAS
DIY ANDALUCIAN CHRISTMAS: Everything you need to make your house into a genuine seasonal Andaluz home
To make your house look like a real, traditional, with-bells-on Andalucian Christmas home, you need the following: a belen (nativity scene, see Fact 4); a pointsettia, a small red plant (also known as flor de pascua, Easter flower, and estrella de navedad, Christmas star); a jamon, ideally pata negra if your crisis-embattled budget can manage it; various sweet biscuits such as the shortbread-like mantecados (veggie alert! main ingredient is pork lard) and polvorones, preferably from Estepa in Seville; turron (nougat); and roscos navideños, sweet ring-shaped bread flavoured with fruit and spices. Once you've got all that, you just need a horde of noisy, boisterous, tipsy relatives.