Retablo (a personal portable nativity scene) are a three-dimensional box with a triangular top and one or two doors that open. Retablos range from 1 to 2 inches to several feet. They are usually divided in half with the top symbolizing heaven and the bottom symbolizing earth. Many of the figures are molded from a potato paste and varnished. The triangle and the doors often have floral patterns.
Children open gifts on Christmas eve and afterwords the family has Christmas dinner consisting of turkey and stuffing, panetón (bread with raisins and glazed fruit), biblia con pisco (eggnog made with pomace brandy) hot chocolate, and champagne.
On Christmas day many people attend a grand bullfight.