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The importance of Jamón -Spanish ham at Christmas in Spain: more than a tradition

jamón en Navidad

Otros idiomas: Español

At Christmas, Jamón takes on great importance in Spain. Although it is a product that is present in our kitchens and pantries all year round, during the Christmas holidays it becomes one of the essential products on every table. In addition, it is one of the most common gifts, both in the family and in the workplace. 

In this post, we are going to tell you the meaning of Jamón/ham at Christmas and why eating or giving ham as a gift at this time of year has become an unavoidable tradition in Spain. 

The origin of the Christmas ham tradition 

The tradition of eating ham at Christmas comes from long ago. The emergence of this celebration dates back to the Romans, centuries ago. In its beginnings, it was not conceived in the same way as it is today, but what has remained, as many historians point out, is the way of celebrating it. The Christmas holidays have always involved moments of gathering with loved ones, extraordinary feasts, abundance and great meals.

In fact, it is believed that the tradition of eating Jamón/ham at Christmas has a pagan or mythological origin that comes from the Germanic tradition, which offered a wild boar every year to the god of fertility to ask for prosperity in the New Year. Likewise, in order to preserve the wild boar meat longer, they cured it in salt and with it, they produced Jamón/ham and ate it during these dates. 

On the other hand, given that Christmas is the biggest feast for Christians, the Catholic Church is also related to the origin of the tradition of giving ham as a gift. The consumption of ham and pork products signified true conversion to Christianity, and on these special dates, it was used as a demonstration of belief and a symbol of abundance and celebration.

Be that as it may, it is clear that enjoying Jamón at Christmas is a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation and is deeply rooted in Spain, whether it be, As you already know, the Iberian Peninsula is the native territory of the most delicatessen Iberian products.

La importancia del jamón en Navidad
The importance of the Jamón at Christmas in the Spanish culture

Jamón in family Christmas celebrations 

In every Christmas celebration, we can find a plate of Jamón on the table, and just as nougat is the dessert par excellence of Christmas in Spain, Jamón ibérico/Iberian ham becomes one of the most famous and delicious appetizers at this time of the year. It is usually accompanied by Iberian cured meats such as Iberian loin (lomo Ibérico) or Iberian chorizo (chorizo ibérico), or some seafood such as salted prawns or canapés of different varieties. 

In short, just as at Thanksgiving turkey is a must in every house in the USA, during the Christmas holidays it belongs to tradition to open a good Jamón or simply some sliced portions (as you can buy sliced Jamón too) and enjoy it with the whole family.

But why is it so common to eat it in practically all Spanish homes at this time of year? It is clear that Iberian ham is a typical and autochthonous product of our country, which fits perfectly with any celebration as it is a gourmet product, top quality and with an exquisite flavor. But we must take into account that it is also one of the most original gifts for Christmas. Keep reading and we will tell you all about it!

Jamón as a Christmas gift 

Giving Jamón as a Christmas gift has already become a classic for many people who want to surprise and please their relatives, friends, or colleagues with something practical, delicious, and unique. 

It is a gourmet gastronomic gift of the most exquisite that pleases or pleases all those who receive it. For this reason, it is becoming more and more common for companies to include Jamón in their Christmas hampers or baskets, either in the whole leg or sliced form. 

In addition, giving ham as a gift for friends or family is a great choice as it will help everyone to enjoy ham together on these special dates and in the company of good wine or cava. 

How to choose the best Jamón for Christmas? 

Whether for your own consumption or as a gift, at Enrique Tomás we believe that there is no such thing as the best ham for everyone, but that the best Jamón is the one you like the most, no secret about this!. True to our principles, our first recommendation is that you buy or give as a gift the one you like the most, let your instinct guide you and share the flavor you are most passionate about. If, on the other hand, it is your first time buying Spanish ham or you are not yet passionate about it and do not know the subject, we help you to choose it in our online store with instant chat service.

If you are interested in giving ham as a Christmas gift, contact us and we will advise you so that whatever you choose, it will be a great success among your employees. 

In the case of individuals, if you decide to give Jamón as a gift this Christmas, you can also consult in our online store the baskets, lots, packs, and thousands of options that you have to create a personalized gift, to your measure and make a smile to that relative, lover or friend that you appreciate so much. You can also contact us and we will advise you throughout the process. 

Giving ham as a gift and having it at home for Christmas is now more affordable than ever thanks to Enrique Tomás. 

The importance of Jamón -Spanish ham at Christmas in Spain: more than a tradition
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The importance of Jamón -Spanish ham at Christmas in Spain: more than a tradition
Jamón at Christmas is more than a tradition. Learn about its origin, its role in the celebrations, and as a gift in the hampers or baskets.
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Otros idiomas: Español


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