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
Christmas Day is more or less a continuation of what began the day before.
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.
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.
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.