How do you say Happy Christmas in Spanish?
Learn how to say ‘Merry Christmas in Spanish’. Study basic topics, memorize some important words and phrases in Spanish. Read more about the Spanish language with online lessons.
Merry Christmas in Spanish Vocabulary:
Feliz Navidad — Merry/Happy Christmas
Próspero Año Nuevo — It’s used to mean “Happy New Year,” but it literally means “prosperous New Year.”
Nochebuena — This term for “Christmas Eve” literally means “Good Night.” It usually consists of a large meal.
Misa del Gallo — This means “Midnight Mass” or literally “Rooster’s Mass.” Many Catholic families attend this mass at midnight on Christmas Eve as part of their annual celebrations.
Día de los Santos Inocentes — This “Day of the Holy Innocents” is celebrated on December 28th. Though it has Biblical origins, it is now much like the American April Fool’s Day where people play small pranks on each other.
Nochevieja — This term for “New Year’s Eve” literally means “old night.”
Reyes Magos — This literally means “Magi Kings.” It refers to the “Three Magi,” “Three Kings” or, as they’re most commonly known in English, the “Three Wise Men.”
Flor de Navidad/Flor de Nochebuena — These terms for “poinsettia” literally mean “Christmas flower” or “Christmas Eve flower” respectively.
Comida del día de Navidad — This refers to “Christmas dinner,” though it literally means “food of Christmas Day.”
Mazapán — This means “marzipan,” which is a sweetened almond paste. It’s a particularly common holiday treat in Spain.
Turrón — This is a type of nougat. It can be flavored with any number of things including nuts, seeds, chocolate or spices. Seasonings vary regionally.
Mantecados — This is a type of shortbread with nuts. But vegetarians be warned: It traditionally contains lard.
Rosca/Roscón de Reyes — This term means “Ring of Kings.” It’s an oval pastry traditionally consumed on the Día de Reyes.
Cascabeles — This word means “bells,” though it’s often used to refer to “sleigh bells” in songs like “Jingle Bells.”
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