In Spain and Latin America, the Christmas build up is already in full swing. Here are a few Spanish phrases and traditions to get you in the festive spirit:
el Gordo – massive Christmas lottery which takes place on 22nd December, almost everyone buys a ticket. The results are sang by children as the balls come out of the machine.
Nochebuena – Christmas eve
Nochevieja – New year’s eve
La Navidad está en puertas – Christmas is just around the corner
tomar las uvas – to see the New Year in. (in Spain a grape is eaten for each stroke of the clock at 12pm on December 31st. Each grape is supposed to represent one month of the New Year)
Los Reyes Magos – the Three Kings/ the Three Wise Men
¿Qué te regalaron para Navidad? – What did you get for Christmas?
el espumillón – tinsel
The Spanish and Latin American festive period lasts until 6th January when the Three Kings roll into town and give children presents. So if Christmas just isn’t long enough, how about heading south and extending the festive cheer. Learn Spanish in Peru, or burn off the turkey with a Spanish and Surf course in Ecuador, take a Spanish and Horse Riding course in Spain.
¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!