In this meeting we met for lunch in Hervanta and had a conversation about Christmas (“Navidad”) & New Years Eve (“Noche Vieja”).
In both traditions Santa Claus (“Papá Noel”) brings the presents on Christmas Eve. In Germany it is sometimes not Santa Claus but the Christ’s child (“Christkind”). A difference in Spain is that they celebrate the Three Kings (“Los Reyes Magos”) on the 5th of January. 24 days before Christmas we all love to open the Advent calendar (“calendario de adviento”). We also taught them that in Germany we have the Advent wreath (“Adventskranz”). You light up in total 4 candles in a row every Sunday. So on the first Sunday (4 weeks before chistmas) you start with one, on the next Sunday (3 weeks before christmas) you can light up 2 candles and so on. We also thought about taking some typical Finnish Christmas sweets at home as a present. The Christmas dinners are different from family to family, but sometimes it is the same. Like in Lauras & Chiaras family where we have Raclette and “Knödel”.
New for me was that you eat 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve. Also there are only public organized fireworks in Spain whereas in Germany everyone can buy fireworks in the supermarkets. I would really like to go to Valencia ones to see the “Las Fallas”!