Christmas Gift Ideas Costa Rica

For hundreds of millions of people around the world, Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year. While those Costa Rica celebrate the birth of Christ on December 25. Today, let's take a closer look at the unique Christmas traditions in Costa Rica .
Christmas traditions in Costa Rica include various centuries-old customs combined with elements of globalization. In this way, rites of the Catholic Christian religion are found, such as the placement of the Christmas portal, with foreign customs such as the Christmas tree. Generally, it is a tradition to decorate cities, houses, shops and companies with lights and objects alluding to the time, which is done from the end of November or the beginning of December.
Traditionally, families gather on December 24 or 25 for Christmas dinner and midnight masses, and it is during this celebration that the exchange of gifts takes place. Among the Christmas beliefs in Costa Rica, it stands out that the character in charge of delivering gifts is the Child God , while in other families it is instilled that it is Santa Claus (who is also called San Nicolás, and colloquially, Colacho). Or, the same parents. A new family reunion occurs on December 31 or January 1, to celebrate the new year.

Although it is true that the exchange of Christmas gifts is focused on children, children and adults really enjoy Christmas with great enthusiasm.

For the older ones, who also hope to receive a Christmas gift, we have these options that you can give to your loved ones this Christmas!

As if that were not enough, even companies are infected with this Christmas spirit, and they also give gifts to employees, collaborators, clients, suppliers as a token of gratitude for all the effort during the year, and motivate them to continue a full next year. of many successes. At Saboreandocr we have the ideal option that you can send to all of Costa Rica as a business or corporate gift!

Christmas baskets Costa Rica
Remember not to leave your Christmas gift to the last minute, as these are dates with very high demand, and at Saboreando we make sure that all recipients receive their gift.
We want to motivate Costa Rican customs and encourage family unity, as a gift we leave you this beautiful recipe for Tico-style Christmas tamales.

Tico Christmas Tamales

They are typical for Christmas and can be chicken or pork, it is a homemade and family meal.

 50 minutes


 6 servings
  1. 1 ¼ kg Hulled corn (shelled corn, cooked until soft and then ground into a dough)
  2. 1 ½ kg pork or chicken rib
  3. 220 grams butter
  4. 300 grams mashed potatoes
  5. 150 grams carrots
  6. 110 grams bacon
  7. 150 grams rice
  8. 220 grams boiled peas
  9. 220 grams boiled chickpeas
  10. 5 garlic
  11. 6 sweet chilies
  12. 3 medium onions
  13. oregano, thyme, coriander, achiote
  14. cumin, English sauce "Lizano"
  15. salt and pepper


  1. **Step 1**: On the eve, the meats should be marinated with salt, oregano, thyme and also the garlic, the onions and let everything rest. The next day it is cooked together with the bacon in plenty of water, when the meat is removed from the heat and the broth is reserved.

  2. **Step 2**: In another pot, cook the corn, then grind it in a blender and add the cumin, pepper, butter, and broth, mix well and cook without stopping stirring (when it breaks the first boil will be ready); if you need more consistency you can add mashed potatoes, add the Worcestershire sauce.

  3. **Step 3**: Portions of dough are taken with a spoon and placed on a banana leaf (previously washed and dried), rice with achiote is added, pieces of pork or chicken (as chosen), the sliced ​​carrots, chilies, chickpeas and peas. Don't forget a coriander leaf. Close and tie well, cook in boiling water for two hours.

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