How do the Spaniard celebrate Christmas?
The Holiday season in Spain spans from December 24th to January 6th and is refer to as Navidad.
The Christmas shopping season is officially kicked off on November 24th with the lighting of the Christmas lights. Take a look at Malaga this year. Just spectacular!
Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve called the Nochebuena, the “Good Night”. The Nochebuena is very similar to how French Canadians Québecois celebrate le “Réveillon de Noël”. A large family dinner party is enjoyed until the early hours of the morning. In Spain, I am told that it often lasts until 6 o’clock in the morning. Gotta love those Spanish party people!! The Misa de Gallo, Spain’s midnight mass, is now attended by fewer and fewer Spaniards.
Most homes, churches and streets display Christmas decorations, some nativity scene and a Christmas tree.
December 26th is Sant Esteve (Saint Stephen) day and is also celebrated with another family gathering.
Presents are given on January 6th morning, however, children usually receive one or two presents on Christmas morning, December 25, brought by “Papá Noel”, which is a non-traditional imitation of Santa Claus. There is a special Christmas dance called the Jota which has been performed for centuries in Spain during Christmas and many towns also have a Christmas Parade like this one in Nerja, our town, on Dec 23rd.
Terry and I will be spending Christmas like we do every year on Christmas Eve with Cava this year instead of Champagne and a few tapas I will be preparing such as olives, manchego, serrano & iberico ham, chorizo al inferno, albongidas, croquettas and langoustines Pil-Pil!
Feliz Navidad to everyone. We wish you a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. In the end, these are the most important moments in life!
Stay tuned for how the Spaniards celebrate New Year’s Eve! Another fun fiesta celebrated in their own special way!!