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Other Spanish video lessons about Christmas:

Spanish Christmas Vocabulary (Part 1)
Spanish Christmas Vocabulary (Part 2)
Spanish Christmas Vocabulary (Part 3)
Spanish Christmas Greetings / Wishes (Part 1)
Spanish Christmas Greetings / Wishes (Part 2)

In this free Spanish lesson we will see some useful Spanish vocabulary about Christmas. This is the first of three Spanish lessons on the topic. In this lesson we will see, for example, how to say in Spanish: Navidad (Christmas), Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), and El día de Navidad (Christmas Day). We will also discuss King’s Day (El día de Reyes) which is a very special day for Spanish people marking the Day of the three wise men (Los Reyes Magos) on January 6th. Nowadays Santa Claus is quite well-known in Spain, but the real stars of Christmas and the bringers of the presents are Los Reyes Magos. Children write letters to Los Reyes Magos in December, or to their favorite King: Melchor, Gaspar or Baltasar. They write about the things they’d like to receive on the morning of the 6th of January and about their behaviour throughout the year. If they’ve been good, they get presents; if they’ve been bad, they get a piece of coal. On the night of the 5th, the kids put their shoes by the door before going to bed so that the Kings will know how many children live there. They also put out something to eat and drink for Melchor, Gaspar, and Baltasar and their camels. Christmas in Spain is fantastic because it lasts for ages: from Nochebuena on the 24th December to El día de Reyes on January 6th.

Lesson notes:

Navidad: Christmas
Nochebuena: Christmas Eve
El día de Navidad: Christmas Day
Nochevieja: New Year´s Eve
Año Nuevo: New Year
El día de Año Nuevo: New Year´s Day
El día de Reyes: King´s Day (Day of the three wise men)
Adviento: Advent
Misa de Gallo: Midnight Mass
Regalo: Gift/Present

Activity:

Translate the following…

New Year´s Eve
Midnight Mass
Gift/Present
Christmas Day

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Si no habían estado en España, ¿cómo aprendieron español?
Si hablaban español, habrían estado en España
Si no había mirado un libro de cocina, ¿cómo cocinó el pastel?
Si cocinó el pastel, habría mirado un libro de cocina

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