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So of course it goes without saying each country is a Christian country and therefore marks and Celebrates Christmas but, that does not mean they do mark it the same way
For one Spain is Catholic while in that sense Britain is Protestant, but it is not just a difference in the type of Christianity that creates differences , it is of course as much culture, and well the Spanish are famous are famous (rightly so) for their festivals (fiesta) and many of them are religious.
The Spanish for Christmas is Navidad
3 kings day and the parades
And a big Christmas festival is the 3 kings parade which each town holds, to mark the journey of the 3 wise men on their travels to meet baby Jesus (·3 kings eve is 5th January ) (3 kings day is the 6th January )The parade is a huge event and in my experience from the Turre one a lot of fun for the kids and adults alike
And unlike the UK, Spanish children don't get their Christmas gift presents on the 25th December but instead on 6th January 3 kings day the date the 3 wise men where said to have given Jesus his presents
And No the 3 kings Parade is not in my experience /opinion comparable to the Santa parades you get in the UK , as for one Santa is not in the Spanish 3 kings parade, He is not as big apart of Spanish Christmas as he is in the UK.
Talking of Santa Claus, as I understand Spanish children don't send Santa their gift letters like they would in the UK, but instead write to one of the 3 kings
Spanish Christmas traditions are still in my experience more in line with religion while of course
in both countries Christmas is a time for the family.
Another difference between the Spanish and British Christmas is the nativity scene, in the UK the Nativity is most often just the manager scene while in Spain it is all of Bethlehem . The Nativity is called the Belén, which is the Spanish name for Bethlehem
Ashley R Clark