Learn about Christmas Traditions and Customs in Spain!

World Book’s Christmas in Spain is a richly illustrated, 80-page volume about Christmas traditions in Spain. The text and illustrations combine to show how people celebrate a favorite Spanish holiday, from its roots in pagan rituals to its continued relevance in modern times.

How is Christmas celebrated in Spain?

Spain is a country of great regional differences. Because climate and even language may differ from one area of the country to another, it is not surprising that Christmas traditions and customs also vary considerably from place to place. In Spain, the Christmas holidays include not one but three celebrations - Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Day of Three Kings (January 6) - each with its own special customs and activities.

Christmas in Spain begins with the ways that people prepare for the holiday in their homes and cities. The book introduces the beloved figure of Papa Noel, depicts how streets and homes are decorated, and describes the delectable foods families savor as part of the traditional Spanish celebration of Christmas. From age-old ways of decorating the tree to shopping in outdoor Christmas markets, assembling the Nacimiento (Nativity scene), and unique customs specific to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Christmas in Spain and Its Capital, Madrid, captures the spirit of the holiday in this western European nation. Also included are details about other Spanish holidays that are celebrated at this time: the Feast of the Holy Innocents, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Three Kings’ Day.

Christmas Around the World

Christmas in Spain is a part of World Book’s Christmas Around the World series, some of the best Christmas books published today. Each volume includes detailed recipes for traditional Christmas foods, illustrated instructions for traditional national crafts, and words and music to beloved carols. The text is suitable for all grade levels.

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