Christmas traditions in Spain


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Christmas traditions in Spain

  1. 1. In Spain, Christmas starts early in December. We decorate our houses with a Christmas tree and a Nativity scene. We write letters to “Papá Noel” and specially to the Three Wise Men. It´s time to exchange gifts and meet our relatives and friends. On 24th December, we make a family dinner at home. We have special and typical food: turkey, lamb, sea food, ham, turrón, polvorones, mazapanes, cava and sidra. On 5th January at night, the Three Kings come with lots of presents and some people leave water for the camels and some biscuits for the Kings. Mª Carmen y Sol Belén – 6º A
  2. 2. <ul><li>At Christmas time, people meet their families and friends. We have a special dinner at Christmas Eve and a special lunch at Christmas Day. </li></ul><ul><li>On the last day of December and after having dinner, we take twelve grapes but not all at the same time . A bell rings and you take a grape and so twelve times. </li></ul><ul><li>On 6th January, the Three Wise Men come and they bring many gifts for children who behave well and those who misbehave they get a lump of coal. </li></ul><ul><li>Mónica- 5º B </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>We start Christmas holidays on 22nd of December . We celebrate a Christmas Festival at school. We sing Christmas carols and we have chocolate. </li></ul><ul><li>On 22nd December, there is the draw of the popular Christmas Lottery. </li></ul><ul><li>On 6th January, the Three Wise Men bring presents to children. </li></ul><ul><li>On 24th December, some children get presents from Father Christmas (“Papá Noel”), too. </li></ul><ul><li>Juan Carlos – 5º B </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>At the beginning of December, streets are decorated with colourful lights, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes. </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas is a very special holiday, with beautiful traditions and customs that reflect the true character of Spanish people. </li></ul><ul><li>Children sing Christmas carols to their neighbours and they ask them for (“el aguinaldo”) some sweets or a few coins. </li></ul><ul><li>On 24th December, we celebrate “la Nochebuena”. We have an enormous meal and we go to Mass (la Misa del Gallo). </li></ul><ul><li>On 6th January, we get lots of presents from the Three Wise Men. </li></ul><ul><li>Daniel – 6º B </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>I love Christmas. I like decorating my Christmas tree with colourful crystal balls and ribbons. </li></ul><ul><li>In this photo, I was about five years old. </li></ul><ul><li>I like singing Christmas carols. </li></ul><ul><li>I can sing “Silent night” and I can play the triangle, too. </li></ul><ul><li>Jonathan – 5º A </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>From the beginning of December, the streets of my town are decorated with colourful lights, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes. </li></ul><ul><li>The shopping centres display a great variety of Christmas food, decorations and gifts. </li></ul><ul><li>You can feel an extra dose of joy and good spirit. This can only mean one thing, that Christmas is just around the corner. </li></ul><ul><li>Nico – 5ºB </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Christmas Day is more or less a continuation of what began the day before. </li></ul><ul><li>People spend more time with their families, they have another large meal,although not as big as the one the day before, and many children enjoy the gifts that they receive from Father Christmas. </li></ul><ul><li>The custom of giving gifts on this date is not as popular as it is in many countries, as Spanish people traditionally wait until the Three Wise Men Day to exchange gifts. </li></ul><ul><li>For breakfast or after lunch, we have the typical dessert of the day: “Roscón de Reyes” (a large ring shaped cake that is decorated with candied fruits) . Inside the cake there is a surprise and the person who find it is crowned king or queen of the house for the rest of the day. </li></ul><ul><li>Rebeca – 5º B </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Christmas is a time for showing our affection to our loved ones. </li></ul><ul><li>We write Christmas cards to our relatives and friends to wish them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. </li></ul><ul><li>In this Christmas, I hope all your dreams come true. </li></ul><ul><li>Carlos Javier – 6º B </li></ul>Irene – 6º A