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5 fun Christmas traditions in Spain for kids

Family traditions for Christmas you can follow during your Barcelona trip

Spain Christmas traditions for kids: TióThere are many fun Christmas traditions for kids: it’s a big time for them, and they are always delighted with the magic of traditions and presents. Barcelona children have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the holidays, and in many cases you’ll be able to experience them, too. Celebrating Christmas in Spain is fun!

Some great family Christmas traditions in Spain for kids are religious, but some other are totally earthly. Some are cute, some are… scatological? (lol, yes, really), some are cute and some are weird. And our local sense of humor is often present, either in a silly or in a rather hysterical way. Keep reading to discover more…

This are our favorite Christmas traditions for kids:

Advent Calendar. The countdown for Christmas starts when you buy an Advent Calendar in a bookstore at the stationer’s (although some families prefer to make their own handicraft ones). This calendar goes from December 1st to Christmas, and has a little window for each day, that you open as days go by. Some of them hide a chocolate or little present behind each window – you bet children love them!

Setting up the Nativity. Another of the top Christmas traditions in Spain for kids. Head to the Christmas markets in front of the Cathedral or the Sagrada Familia church to get your basic kit: Cave, Holy Family (baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph), the mule and the bull, the shooting star and the 3 Wise Men. Upgrade with as many shepherds, houses, bridges, wells and other figures as you like.Christmas traditions in Spain for kids

Caga Tió. Christmas Eve traditions for kids in Catalonia are very different from what you have ever experienced before. For outsiders, the Tió tradition might sound a bit scatological, but it actually celebrates the land fertility, and therefore wealth and good luck in general. Anyway, when I explain it to my clients when passing through the Christmas market on a city tour, they can hardly believe it! Here it goes:

On Christmas Eve, a Tió or Pooping Log is set in a prominent place of the house living room. You cover it with a blanket, so it doesn’t get cold. But the trunk is still freezing, so children must warm it up so it can “poop” them  presents, and that’s done hitting it with a stick and singing a traditional song that could be translated as: “Poop log, poop cottage cheese and honey, if you don’t poop enough, I will burn you”. Yes, maybe not too reassuring for the poor log but it is effective! After singing it a few times hitting the trunk with your stick, you can lift up the blanket and… surprise! the log will have pooped presents and sweets for you! You bet it’s one of the the most popular Christmas traditions for kids in Catalonia!

December 28th, day of the Innocents. Although many countries celebrate it on a different month, the local equivalent to April Fools is actually another one of our Christmas traditions for kids (and grown ups!). The day of Santos Inocentes is a day to fool people and have a laugh at them. Children often cut off paper dolls (“llufes” in Catalan) to hang them at the back of people when they don’t notice…Barcelona Christmas traditions for kids

The Man of the Noses. A Catalan Legend says there is a Man that has as many noses as days are left before the year is over. This poor man can only walk in the streets on the last day of the year, when he has only one nose. The rest of the year he lives hidden. The last of our favorite family traditions for Christmas is to retell the story to our kids, then take them on a walk and tell them to watch out because maybe we might cross the mysterious Man of the Noses. Then children walk around watching people noses and wondering who must be this mysterious man… A big-head carnival figure of the “Home dels Nassos” will be parading the streets of Barcelona: look for him!

But wait! There is more! What about Christmas carols? Share this post to learn about some of the most popular ones:


What about you? Share your experiences with us by leaving a comment below and tell us: What are your favorite family traditions for Christmas?


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