WE PUT THE
LIGHTS ON THE
STREETS AND THE
Some families make a nativity scene at home.
In Spanish we call it BELEN.
Everybody in Spain buys tickets for this lottery in
the hope of winning EL GORDO
(the fat one).
NOCHEBUENA (Good Night)
Families have dinner together and sing Christmas
A typical meal for this night is se-afood and roast
lamb. Turrón (a nougat made of toasted
almonds) and polvorones (almonds with flour
and sugar) make a typical dessert.
CAVA, which is
a Spanish kind
Spanish name for Santa Claus.
He comes and brings presents to the
We celebrate “Fools’ Day”.
We play jokes on our friends and
family and we hang paper
dolls on their backs.
NOCHEVIEJA (Old Night)
It is a big celebrationwith a lot
of parties everywhere. Until
midnight people stay at home
and it is traditional to eat 12
grapes (one each stroke of the
clock) at midnight to bring luck
for the new year.
EATING THE TWELVE GRAPES
There are parades in all cities to welcome the
Three Wise Kings.
They go on their camels throwing sweets to all
That night they leave presents to all the
children. Some children receive gifts from
Santa Claus, some from the Kings and some
For children this is the best day of the year,
when they wake up they find that the Three
Wise Kings have left them gifts.
For breakfast we have a traditional cake:
“Roscón de Reyes” ( a large ring-shaped cake
decorated with candied fruit).
Inside the cake there is a “surprise” (a small toy)
and the person who finds it is coronate the
King or Queen of the day.
There is also a dried bean and the person who
finds it is the one who pays the cake.