Christmas in Spain

If you love Spain and Christmas… You’re lucky!
You are going to learn in this post the traditions that we Spaniards live in at this time of the year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
DECEMBER 22TH
The Christmas Lottery Draw
Spaniards buy lottery tickets in the hope of winning the first prize: “El Gordo.”
DECEMBER 24TH
Christmas Eve
Spanish families meet for dinner, eat the typical sweets (Turrón, marzipan, polvorones) and sing Christmas carols.
At 00:00 many people go to church for “La Misa del Gallo”.
DECEMBER 25TH
Christmas
It is not a Spanish tradition Santa Claus visit but he does visit some houses and leave gifts.
DECEMBER 28TH
Fools Day
Day in which the Spanish play pranks to family and friends.
DECEMBER 31ST
New Years Eve
The Spanish say goodbye to the year eating 12 grapes to the rhythm of the 12 bells that sound from La Puerta del Sol in Madrid.
JANUARY 1ST
New Year
JANUARY 5TH
The Wise Men parade
Children and adults receive the visit of The Three Wise Men upon arrival in towns and cities.
JANUARY 6TH
The three Wise Men Day
It is time to open the gifts and eat Roscón de Reyes. If you have been bad you will receive coal.
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VOCABULARY IN SPANISH: How to talk about TV in Spanish?

Do you love to watch television series, but still don’t know how to talk about them in Spanish? Practice with this infographic full of vocabulary and expressions and read the dialogue 😊
Let’s see an example:
  • Mi serie favorita es “La casa de papel”.
  • ¿Y dónde la ves? ¿La echan en la tele?
  • ¡No! La veo en Netflix. Es muy buena.
  • ¿De qué va?
  • Va de un grupo de personas que se juntan para atracar la casa de la moneda en Madrid, España. La casa de la moneda es donde se fabrica el dinero.
  • ¡Mola! ¡Qué guay!
  • Estoy super enganchada…el prota (el protagonista) es “El profesor” y es un tío muy inteligente que lo ha planeado todo. También hay más personajes y todos tienen nombres de ciudades.
  • ¡Eeeeeeeeh! ¡Para! ¡No me hagas spoiler que quiero verla!
  • Y tú, ¿estás viendo ahora alguna serie?
  • Estoy engachado a un reality que se llama “La isla de las tentaciones”.
  • ¡Dios mío! Suena a telebasura…
  • Jajaajajaj…Sí… ¡pero a mí me gusta! Un día estaba haciendo zapping y empecé a verlo y me enganché.
  • ¿Dónde lo echan?
  • En Telecinco los domingos y los miércoles. La presentadora me encanta. Ésta es la segunda temporada, pero en la primera la presentadora era una cantante muy famosa que se llama Mónica Naranjo.
  • ¡Sí! En la primera temporada vi uno o dos capítulos, pero no me gustó. Prefiero los concursos o los documentales.
  • Entonces te recomiendo ver La 2 que es uno de los canales de la televisión pública de España y que tiene muchos programas culturales.
¿Cuál es tu serie de televisión favorita? Could you talk about it in Spanish? Leave a comment and practice!
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Thanksgiving

El día de Acción de Gracias (Thanksgiving) 

THE CELEBRATION

Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States on the 4th Thursday in November and in Canada on the 2nd Monday in October. Families and friends gather for dinner and give thankswith abanquet. The traditional dish is the turkey with filling, cranberry sauce, green beans, mashed potatoes with cravy and sweet potato. The most popular desserts are pumpkin pie and pudding(natillas).

The typical decoration is cornucopiathat adorns the center of the table as a symbol of abundance and prosperity.

It’s also a traditionparadeofMacy’sin Manhattan, New York (Broadway) with huge balloons and musical shows Another tradition is watching an NFL (National Football League) football game on television.

The Friday after Thanksgiving is known as Black Friday and stores offersalespand discounts on their products.

THE HISTORY – THE ORIGIN

in 1620 some colonizingpilgrimssailed from England to North America on a ship called the Mayflower. The first winter it was harsh from the lack of food and the cold. The natives(indigenous) , theWampanoag, helped the pilgrims by teaching them to cultivatecornand to fish and thus the pilgrims were able to survive..

After theharvestIn 1621 the pilgrims, very grateful, made a party to celebrate with the natives that lasted 3 days with a banquet like the one we know today.

VOCABULARIO ESPAÑOL – INGLÉS

Dar las gracias – To thank

Banquete – banquet, feast

Pavo – turkey

Relleno – stuffing

Salsa de arándanos – cranberry sauce

Judías verdes – green beans

Puré de patata – mashed potatoes

Salsa de carne – gravy

Boniato – yam

Pastel de calabaza – pumpkin pie

Pudin (natillas) – pudding

Cornucopia (Cuerno de la abundancia) – cornucopia

Desfile – parade

Rebajas – sales

Peregrino – pilgrim

Colonia – colony

Navegar – To sail

Nativo / Indígena – native american

Maíz – corn

Cosecha – harvest

Here is a video where I explain all this 🙂
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Spanish vocabulary: HALLOWEEN

Trick or Treat! Halloween is celebrated on October 31st and that is why we bring you this very complete infographic with all the vocabulary you need to know 😊 🦇
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