We were lucky enough to have Señora Garrigós visit us this week to talk to Year 3 and Year 6 about how Christmas is celebrated in Spain. We learnt all about the real life nativities which take place in the villages in Spain, the types of food eaten during the festive period including seafood, turron and polvorones. The children were shocked to hear that Father Christmas doesn’t visit on the 24th December but that they wait until the arrival of Los Reyes Magos (the 3 kings) on the night of the 5th January. We also learned about the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes for good luck at New Year.
“I learned that Spanish people eat seafood at Christmas time!”
“There was a doughnut cake where you could get a lucky thing or an unlucky thing. If you got the unlucky thing, you had to make the cake next year.”
“They eat snails!”
“It’s very strange that they don’t have Santa.”
“I liked that every person in the village got to take part.” (in the live nativity)