Recreation of the Nativity scene In every house, people re-create the stable where Jesus was born. The Nativity scene is built with moss, straw, vegetation and pieces of pottery at the beginning of Advent. Baby Jesus is placed in the Christmas crib only after the midnight Mass (the Mass of the Rooster).
In the regions of Bragança, Guarda or Castelo Branco, a Yule log is burned in the atrium of the village church after mass. People sing and dance around it. It helps keep everyone warm through the night and to wish family and friends a Merry Christmas.