By William Jones, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At first glance, Europeans and Americans far from home will likely find themselves contented in the familiar foods of a Brazilian Christmas feast, yet the holiday meal in the South American giant incorporates additional regional flavors and ingredients that make the occasion deliciously unique.

Although centuries of immigration from Europe have imparted a certain influence on Ceia de Natal (Christmas Dinner), the tropical tastes and local customs bring some delightful color to the table.

Following the country's Iberian heritage, the Christmas meal is the focal point of festivities and is . . .

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