MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! ¡FELIZ NAVIDAD YPRÓSPERO AÑO NUEVO!
From the 1st December, there areChristmas lights and decorations in the streets of Madrid, but we don´t start our Christmas Holidays until the 22nd or 23rd of December.
People put up decorations at homeA Nativity Scene A Christmas Tree
There are Christmas stalls in Madrid. Especially, at the Main Square in Madrid. You can buy Christmas decorations, trees and small figures for the Navity Scene. Lately some people go there and buy and wear funny wigs .
On Christmas Eve andChristmas Day families get together for dinner and lunch.Some people play typical instruments and sing Christmas songs
At Christmas we usually eat...roasted lamb, roastedpork or turkey as themain course. Peopleusually have seafoodas well .
In Spain there are tradional sweets for Christmas TURRÓN made with almonds and honey. Soft “turrón” and hard “turrón” are the typical kinds. There are other kinds of turrón , too: chocolate, egg, coconut.... We also eat polvorones and mazapanes
On December 28th, we celebrate the Day of the Innocent Saints It is similar to April Fools´Day.People tolerates practical jokes and general foolishness
ON NEW YEAR´S EVE people dress up and wear funny hats . Many people go to “la Puerta del Sol” in the centre of Madrid We always eat 12 grapes at midnight. We do it at the same time the clock strikes 12 at Puerta del Sol .
Traditionally FatherChristmas doesn´t bring presents in Spain Balthasar Gaspar Melchoir The Three Wise Men bring presents in Spain at Christmas on the 5th January
On the 5th of January there is abeautiful parade in the centre of Madrid • The three kings send a message of peace to the kids in the world
After the parade,peopleeat”Roscón the Reyes” (Three- king cake”) and drink hot chocolate.There is a small surprise inside every cake.If the surprise is in your piece of cake... Pay for the cake!
Everyone leaves their clean shoes under the tree.They also leave something to drink and eat for the three wise men and straw and water for the camels. Bad kids get pieces of coal In the morning, good kids get presents in their shoes
We usually go back to school on the 8th of January. We hope you have been good kids this yearWe wish you all the best for 2011!