Santa, No Sleigh – Christmas Traditions In Spain

christmas traditions in spain

Madrid for Christmas. I love Mickey Mouse.

By Nancy Todd

Santas are not in Spanish department stores making promises to little kids.Nor scaring the wits out of babies.  Phony elves do not skip merrily vying for expensive photos.  Christmas traditions in Spain are a bit saner.

Santa Delivering Presents

No guilt tripping bell ringers. From the big cities of Granada, Seville, Madrid, Barcelona to small towns, the few modern Santas that are visible are four feet high and made of red plastic.  Sometimes you see the Three Kings.  Hanging on to balconies, Santas struggle up a white rope ladder.  They won’t  get stuck in chimneys as there are not many chimneys in Spain.  If Santa does come, he will get into the apartments by magic. The sleigh with reindeer was left at the North Pole.

christmas traditions in spain

Christmas trees are rare.   A four footer is 100 dollars and purchased at the florist or the markets in the plazas.   Most families don’t celebrate Christmas on the 25th and if they do there is one present.

christmas traditions in spain

Santa hats in Madrid? No. You want to be stylin’ – get a reindeer hat. I bought a bunch to send home to my family.

The sixth of January, King’s Day,  is when the real load comes in the door.    The Three Kings arrive in a big parade and throw candy to the crowds.  Later that night, they bring gifts to the children.  Either way, magic is in the air.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted December 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    A Spanish Xmas is divine. I will be returning to Spain for the 7th time Feb. 2013. Another glorious eight weeks of Spanish coffee, San Miguel beer, tinto veranos, whitewashed villages in the mountains, strolling along coastal plazas, Semana Santa, Jamon serrano, flamenco music and blue skies. Need I say more?

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    Posted December 28, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Teresa, You have the highlights pretty well covered! Spanish coffee is delicious. Enjoy your stay.

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