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The tradition of the Christmas hamper in Europe


Christmas 2013 is approaching! Dingdong! Dingdong! Santa Claus is just around the corner, and it’s time to prepare Christmas gifts. Have you thought about yours?
Christmas is a time when gifts are an important part of the spirit of this time, which is more important to give than to receive, and to show our loved ones how much we care. It is the universal gift time, don?t you think?

Today we will show you how to celebrate Christmas in the rest of Europe, and what are the favorite gifts between families and friends across Europe.

  • Christmas in Germany: There is no tradition of giving Christmas hampers, but it is a specialty to offer gifts among friends and family, especially handicrafts and traditional ones. Throughout the country, on the weekend closest to Christmas they open “Christmas markets? where to drink ?Gluehwein” or mulled wine, listen to traditional carols sung by choirs, and try delicacies like roasted almonds or Lebkuchen (spice cake and honey).
  • Christmas in Italy: Christmas hampers are offered in Italy (the tradition of giving Christmas hampers reaches the Roman), though not as institutionalized as in Spain. However, the kings of the Christmas hampers are not sausages but the panettone (cake with fruit) and Pandoros (without fruit cake), usually accompanied by liquors and sweet wines, such as Marsala. Ah! Do not forget that Christmas gifts ends with the witch Befana, the night of 5 to January 6.
  • Christmas in Spain: Christmas in Spain starts with delivering Christmas lots by companies to their employees, usually between 15-20 of December. These Christmas hampers usually include sausages, wine and Christmas sweets like marzipan or nougat. On December 22 Christmas begins informally with the special Sweepstakes Lottery Christmas. The gifts were distributed to children traditionally the day of the Three Kings (night of 5 to January 6), but in recent decades the tradition of doing the December 24 (Santa Claus) is gaining ground, so that children enjoy their toys during Christmas holidays.
  • Christmas in France: France is the country that brings the traditions of Europe: Christmas hampers or ?cadeaux de Noël?, are very celebrated, although these are not just gourmet hampers. In areas closer to Germany triumph the markets, and the further south you put cribs in homes. The ?galette des rois? is the equivalent of King Cake, and they even send Christmas cards, but in January!

Preparing the Christmas gifts? Today we recommend 2 different lots to surprise with gifts this Christmas 2013:

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Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut in Case



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Christmas hamper Nº 83

Operation bikini? Operation Christmas with wine and ham!


Are you on a diet? But you like ham and wine? Well do not worry; everything we had previously thought about whether the ham fattens might not be entirely true. Now that Christmas is approaching and Christmas baskets come from the office, do not worry! It will serve you to make a diet!

We have not gone mad; it is a European Medical Institute of Obesity Information, which has developed a diet made of delicatessen for gourmets, which includes the red wine and Iberian ham without problem.Surely with this news we ‘ve made your day, as there is nothing better than a good glass of red wine along with a bit of ham to unwind, discover new pleasures and feel good.

With this diet you won?t not gain weight, but you could also lose between 4 and 6 kilos a month or so, always controlling your health. Now both foods should be eaten in moderation, or it will produce the opposite effect.

It is known that the wine has many benefits for both the body and mind. This, combined with the ham you perfectly care your hearts, thanks to their significant cardiovascular effect. The makers of this diet say that Iberian ham provides iron and B vitamins, as required for the brain and nervous system. Moreover, it is low in saturated fat and high in monounsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid.

The diet proposed in the European Medical Institute of Obesity combines red wine consumption and ham every day with nutrients like fruits and vegetables, meat and fish. In addition, special guidelines are set to get more nutrients between different cores of the population, focusing on sports, women and men. So for women it is recommended to drink 150 ml of wine (one glass) while for men the average would be in two glasses of 150 ml throughout the day.

The best way to drink the wine is has a part of the food and other dinner, you better not do it at other times of day. So you know, this Christmas head over to this super diet and lose weight!

Ready to start the diet? Today we recommend

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 1995



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Nordic Blue Tonic