How Do Spanish People Celebrate Christmas?

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Spanish people celebrate Christmas in a variety of ways, including with unique traditions and food. Many of these traditions have their genesis in the religious side of Christmas.

Most of the Spanish people celebrate Christmas with religious traditions. According to the History of Christmas, the season officially begins with the feast of Immaculate Conception on December 8. This feast begins with the ritualistic Dance of Six that includes ten boys and traditional dance moves in front of the cathedral in Seville. During the season homes are lit up with oil lamps and Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve is strictly observed. On December 28, Spaniards celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocents and then the feast of the Epiphany.

The Magi are a huge part of the Christmas customs, and they visit everybody on January 6th, with gifts. Families leave shoes and straw out for the camels and Three Wise Men, for refreshment after their long journey.

Food is another important Christmas tradition among the Spanish people. According to BBC, one traditional treat is turron, a nougat of almonds and honey. Marzipan figurines are also popular, which are made of almond paste. On Christmas Eve there is a feast that consists of lamb or seafood.