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Hi, everybody! In this lesson, you'll learn some important phrases for Christmas in Spain and some valuable cultural tips.
In Spanish, Christmas is called...
[slowly] Navidad
The Christmas season is a big occasion, and it's celebrated over twelve days.
Many families attend midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Afterward, they walk in the streets with torches, making music and singing.
On Navidad, or "Christmas Day," Spanish people greet each other by saying ¡Feliz Navidad!
(slow) ¡Feliz Navidad!
It means "Merry Christmas!"
When you meet someone on Christmas day, be sure to greet them with this phrase.
Spanish people celebrate the holiday with their own special events and customs. The most popular food to eat on Christmas is...
(slow) mariscos
It means "seafood."
Seafood is part of a traditional Spanish Christmas dinner. It includes all kinds of things, like fish, lobster, shellfish, and shrimp. A typical dinner would be a large one with many courses, including tapas, soup, and delicious desserts.
Let's wrap up this lesson by recapping what you've learned. Listen to the words and repeat after me.
* beep
"Merry Christmas"
¡Feliz Navidad!
* beep
¡Feliz Navidad!
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Well done! [pause] Here's a fun fact! In the past, there were many kids who didn't receive presents on Christmas day. Why do you think this was?
Even though some children did not get presents because they misbehaved, the real reason was different. Traditionally, it was taught that the Magi or three wise men from the Bible, instead of Santa Claus, brought the gifts to the children on January 6th, instead of on Christmas day.
You just learned about how Spanish people celebrate Christmas and some important facts about the holiday.
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See you soon! Nos vemos.