Learning about Christmas in Spain and Latin America

It’s such a fun time of year, and it is a really important time of year for millions of Spanish-speakers around the world. There are some really cool opportunities to use this holiday time to show some of the cultural traditions that are both familiar and different for our students. I just wanted to share with you some of the items that might interest you as we head into the month of December.

As you might already know, I love using music in the classroom, and the holidays are no exception. I like to teach these 3 songs during the month of December to my Spanish 2 classes (this is the lowest level I teach right now).


En tus brazos estaré is a pop-song by Jesse y Joy. The video is adorable and features snowmen. A nice secular addition to your Christmas activities.

El burrito de Belén (aka El burrito sabanero) is a traditional Christmas song, but Juanes gives it an update. He makes everything better, let’s face it.

Noche de Paz is about as traditional as it gets, but this acapella version by La oreja de Van Gogh is super catchy and kids love it.


I’ve used this video in class for many years, and I am not sure why it took me so long to add it to my TPT resources. The video is called “Los padres no existen.” It features a little boy catching his parents placing gifts under the tree… I’ll let you watch and see what happens!

In the resource I have included a one-page informational reading about Los Reyes Magos, an activity for students to draw what they want the Reyes to bring to them (useful visuals for class discussion and then later as a display!), and activities to accompany the video itself, including a comic-style reading with screen shots.


My Christmas commercials pack is a great deal: 12 commercials and activities for 10 dollars! They make great warmups! Recommended for level 2 or higher.


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