Our Christmas holidays begin the 24th of December, it is Christmas Eve. For this day, houses are decorated with ornaments: a Christmas tree, nativity scenes, lights and wreaths on the doors. At night, families have dinner together. It’s common to have lamb, soup and seafood. For dessert, we have Spanish nougat and “polvorones”. Then, a lot of people go to the church for the midnight mass. When they go back home, there are some gifts from Father Christmas under the Christmas Tree. The 25th is important because it’s Jesus’ birth.
On the 31st of December, all people eat twelve grapes, one per second until it’s twelve o’clock p.m. Then, it’s New Year’s party. The last day of holidays is the 6th of January when the Three Wise Men come. They bring presents to people. For breakfast and for lunch, people eat a round cake. Inside the cake, there is a toy and a bean. The person that gets the toy is the king for the whole day and the person that gets the bean has to pay for the cake.
This is how we celebrate Christmas in Spain.
Isabel Jarauta 1º ESO D
Christmas in Spain is celebrated from the 24th December to the 7th January. At home we always arrange a Christmas Tree that has got a lot of ornaments and we arrange a Nativity Scene about Jesus’ birth. The streets have got Christmas lights and Christmas Trees and at churches there are Nativity scenes. For Christmas Eve families have dinner together. We usually eat lamb, ham, prawns and nougat. When we finish dinner, Father Christmas brings presents for the children and later people play cards. On Christmas Day people get up later and the first thing children do is to play with their new presents. At midday, families get together for lunch. The next day people don’t do anything special until the 31st of December that is the last day of the year. People celebrate it eating a grape for one of the twelve seconds of the New Year like a symbol of good luck. On the 5th January, the Three Kings arrive, they come from Orient and they bring presents for the children. Finally, on the 6th January we eat a big round cake with some figures inside, one of the kings and a bean.
Pepe Píriz 1º ESO D