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15 words to expand your Spanish Christmas vocabulary

Talking about Christmas and not knowing the Spanish words is like making a chocolate cake and forgetting the chocolate.

I could make you a list of a thousand words that you probably don’t know and that you probably won’t use, so my idea is to teach you new vocabulary related to traditions.

So let’s start brainstorming, help me, what verbs do you associate with Christmas?

The verbs can be many, but here you have to take into account what emotions and experiences you connect the word Christmas with. In my case for example I connect with:

8 verbs I relate Christmas to

  1. Cantar
  2. Bailar
  3. Cocinar
  4. Hornear
  5. Decorar
  6. Estrenar
  7. Comer
  8. Llorar

Now it’s your turn, with which verbs do you associate Christmas?

Perfect, I hope you write me your verbs in the comments so we can create a great list. But besides these words, if you notice there is a specific word that might catch your attention. And that is CRY.

Believe it or not at Christmas we cry a lot, because we miss the family that is far away and also those who are no longer with us. This crying happens in my family for as long as I can remember. Every December 31, they cry and that happens in my house too.

What is it like? First I don’t know how we have time, between las uvas, las lentejas, las mandarinas, la maleta, las campanadas… we cry.

But don’t worry, we have a great time.

Comer hallacas; beber ponche crema; jugar al amigo secreto; bailar, rezar, cantar aguinaldos; abrir los regalos son algunas de las cosas que hacemos en navidad.

Did you know that Spanish-speaking countries share many traditions these days, but we also have different customs with specific names.

I share with you this Christmas spirit that in my heart begins in October, October?

Christmas starts in October

In Venezuela we start decorating in October. That’s how much we love Christmas.

  1. Hallacas: are not tamales, they are shaped like a gift. It is made of corn and the filling varies from region to region. My favorite, a recipe I discovered in 2019 from Sumito Esteves and the answer is YES, we prepare hallacas in Switzerland. Here I am going to leave you the video that we use as a guide to prepare the hallacas of 2019. Click play Also with English subtitles.
  2. Pan de Jamón: bread stuffed with ham, olives, raisins, bacon or bacon. Where we mix sweet and salty.
  3. Uvas: there are 12 of them and we eat them on December 31.
  4. Amigo secreto: We have been playing it since we were in school and we used to give each other candy.
  5. Dulce de lechosa (Papaya) is a traditional dessert. When you cook the milkweed, which you have to buy a little green, it becomes transparent, it is very sweet.
  6. Torta negra: Although its origin is from the United Kingdom, we made some changes to it. The truth is that I have only eaten it in Venezuela, it was prepared by my grandmother, I remember that in my grandmother’s kitchen there was always a glass container with candied fruits.
  7. Ponche crema: is not egg liqueur, although it does have egg in it, its flavor has nothing to do with this food. It has rum and condensed milk, uff a delight. There is even a brand of punch that every Venezuelan misses, Ponche Crema Eliodoro González.

Is it all about food?

It’s like this, we eat a lot at Christmas, we celebrate and we love each other more than at any other time of the year. Moms (as well as me) cook a lot and since I am in Switzerland with Gall, we make hallacas, ham bread and even cream punch.

What are your habits at this time of the year? I’m very curious to know what things you like to do at Christmas, so I’ll read you in the comments.

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