The festive season is almost upon us, it’s that sparkling time of year again. You may have found yourself underneath some of the heavy snowfall in many parts of Britain this week. All of these freezing temperatures and darker evenings have is reaching for the holiday sites in search of some sunshine and relaxation over the Christmas and New Year period. A second home in the south of Spain will guarantee you a regular place to holiday in – your very own place in the sun. Choose from property for a Spanish Christmas and more, in many of the most desirable areas, including the prime locations of:

Marbella – property for sale

Benahavis – property for sale

Nueva Andalucia – property for sale

Estepona – property for sale

A little more conversation…

So, there’s no excuse not to visit Spain during the Christmas period. You receive sunshine, a warm welcome and a complete break from the tinsel and turkey of home. All you need to complete your festive feeling is a little conversation with the locals. We have put together a few handy Christmas words, especially for use during this season of goodwill! Christmas celebrations are an important part of Spanish culture and society, so join in and see how different it is to celebrating back at home.

Feliz Navidad Of course, the most important phrase, meaning Happy Christmas, be prepared to say this a hundred times over from the bartender, the shopkeeper to the man on the street.

Felices Fiestas  – In general, meaning Happy Holidays.

Próspero Año Nuevo  – Happy New Year, or literally Prosperous New Year.

Día de Reyes  – Three King’s Day on the 6th January, the real Christmas to many, and the twelfth day of Christmas. Everything goes straight back to normal the next morning.

Noche de Reyes – The excitable night before, the Night of the Three Kings, and the one all the Spanish children eagerly wait for, as it’s when they receive their gifts. Traditionally, the Three Kings will roll up and dish out the gifts from their Mule and cart, or, their sports car if you happen to be in Marbella!

Luces navideñas  – The twinkling Christmas lights. Go and see the ones in Málaga, they are amazing this year.

Comida del día de Navidad  – That’s your special Christmas day food, you might want to ask at local restaurants what theirs is going to be. There may not be gravy, but there will be stupendous seafood, and rolled, stuffed meats – just delicious.

Rosca/Roscón de Reyes – A Christmas cake for the 6th of January, but not as you know it. It’s a circular affair, spongy, and covered in coloured jellies and sweets. Inside, there’s a ‘gold’ ring.

Mantecado – This is a bone dry, powdered sweet treat that my neighbour assures me is best dunked in wine. Personally, I find ideal for flinging at the cat as he removes the baubles from the tree.

Use these phrases and sound like a local – the best way to join in with the Espíritu navideño – Christmas spirit of course!

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