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What is rather refreshing is that Spain does not seem ready for Christmas until we are in December. It is not the big commercial circus, such as in the United States and the United Kingdom with all the lights and decorations. Only in the beginning of December is when the Christmas markets begin to appear.

It should be noted that Spain is a great nation in the Roman Catholic party, nor of the religious connotations, the first date of value is December 8, Immaculate Conception (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) is to really start at the beginning of the religious celebrations. The holiday officially begins on December 22 when all Spanish people tune into Spanish TV or the radio for the results of the “El Gordo”,

Christmas Eve is a great day for the family in Spain. A huge meal is prepared, which is the biggest festival of the year and the most important family reunification. Fish and seafood are usually first to be consumed, followed by a barbecue, like a lamb or suckling pig and the dessert is the traditional marzipan and nougat (on the basis of a sweet almond very popular in Spain). Cava is the drink of choice at this time of year. It is also customary for adults to exchange gifts, but children must wait for their presents. After dinner, most people attend the Midnight Mass in Spain known as “The Misa de Gallo (the Rooster Fair).

Every city, the church and very often at home has a “Belen” during this time of year, and some are very large and impressive. Sometimes, in a place with real actors for a life-size version of the birth of Christ. These scenes are an important part of the celebrations of Christmas and are repeated in most parts of Latin America.

Christmas is one of the quietest holidays of the year in Spain. In contrast to most of the Western World, where it is a public holiday and all shops, banks, etc. will be closed during the day. More and more Spanish families now observe the tradition, in a restaurant for a meal. This is certainly not much in terms of unbridled celebration, unlike the United States and UK. The children do not even receive their gifts on Christmas day, they have to wait until January 6, when the three kings presented their gifts to Christ. Instead of Santa Claus the three kings are the heroes, and in particular, Balthasar, who is the one that leaves the gifts. Traditional cakes such as a “Rosca de Reyes” are usually eaten today. Like putting coins in Christmas pudding, the cakes are cooked with a plastic charm, and is said to give good luck for the next year.

 

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