How to Celebrate Christmas in Spain by Ms. Caputo’s Class

We are learning about Christmas in Spain. We did some research about Christmas in Spain. In Spain they have a tradition called the Hoguerashogueras. This takes place on December 21st. This is an old tradition. In it people jump over small fires on the Winter Solstice the shortest day of the year. They believe this will prevent illness and sickness for the long winter ahead. The fire blesses them for the Winter.

c982re2At Christmas one of the best things they have is the beautiful markets. They are gorgeous. Selling flowers, fruits, candy and all kinds of gifts.

Spain is a catholic country so they are very religious. On Christmas Eve they ring the bells telling everyone to go to Church. This is the mass of Rooster.

75448673_ebcc9012a4The most beautiful of the Candlelit service is in the monastery of Montseratin the high mountains of Barcelona. They also do a Nativity scene that has the baby Jesus in it. The Spanish word for it is Nacimiento.In Barcelona they bring lit candles to the mass. The Spanish call this Mass La Misa Regallo.

Then comes Christmas dinner and it is never eaten until way after midnight, the people do not eat food all day, they fast until the midnight meal. christmas_around_the_world Click on the Christmas quilt to hear a Spanish Christmas carol

After the meal they sing Christmas carols. They sing until the early morning hours. Christmas Day is spent at Church and feasts.

12 responses

  1. Ellen McGuinness

    Very interesting. Good work Ms. Caputo’s class!
    Ms. Brosnick

    December 15, 2008 at 1:32 pm

  2. Loved your presentation. The Christmas holidays seem very busy for the Spanish people. The way they celebrate sounds like so much fun.

    December 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm

  3. Mr. Miller

    Very informative. These are the great things that I have come to expect from the teachers at 373R. High expectations for all students. Keep up the great work and Happy Holidays! Nice work Mrs. Caputo’s class.

    December 15, 2008 at 3:17 pm

  4. Miss Roche

    Hiya Miss Caputo’s Class! Class X03 is studying Italy and there seem to be some similarities. Please visit our websites and presentation at the following sites!

    December 16, 2008 at 12:18 am

  5. Delicia McEvilly

    What an interesting tradition the Hogueras is! I can understand why they might make fires on the day of the year that has the least amount of light. You certainly worked hard to find very interesting facts about the celebration of Christmas in Spain. I am learning so much about the traditions of other nations. Thank you!

    December 16, 2008 at 10:00 am

  6. Ilene Goldstein-Harnett

    Kudos to Mrs. Caputo’s class. I enjoyed reading all the facts about traditions in Spain. Thank you for sharing and have fun!
    Ms. Harnett

    December 16, 2008 at 10:53 am

  7. I think Christmas in Spain looks. and that they get blessed by the fire and at Christmas the bell rings and they go to mass.

    Kince M.

    December 16, 2008 at 2:18 pm

  8. At Christmas eve they go to church when the bell rings.and they go home to eat. On December 21st the The fire blesses them for the winter.

    By tyheem

    December 16, 2008 at 2:19 pm

  9. They sing Christmas Carols and they give out candy and they go church and Christmas Eve.
    By Shawna

    December 16, 2008 at 2:20 pm

  10. They go church when they hear the bell rings. They pray to god at church.
    Men line up to jump over the fire on December 21 the fire blesses them.

    By Angel

    December 16, 2008 at 2:22 pm

  11. The Church rings the bell and then every body comes. and the people fast and don’t eat until after chruch.


    December 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm

  12. 373rsunnyside

    We found Spain on an atlas in our computer lab. We loved all of your pictures and enjoyed learning about Hogueras!!!

    Thank you from the students at Sunnyside

    December 22, 2008 at 12:03 am

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