Others visit friends with cured ham (Jamón) packed carefully as a gift. Christmas cookies are laid out for everyone as heartfelt wishes are exchanged with the traditional phrase, 'Feliz Navidad', on everyone's lips as the greeting for 'Merry Christmas' in Spanish.
Holy Innocents' Day: 28th December
While most people look forward to New Year, it is quite different in Spain. One of the special traditions of the season, which is exclusively limited to this country, is the celebration of the Day of the Innocents, or in Spanish, Dia de los Santos Inocentes.It is celebrated on the 28th of December, but isn't as popular as it is in smaller villages.
While this marked a time when children were massacred as part of King Herod's instructions during Jesus' birth, the gravity of the incident was turned into a day of practical jokes, in later years.
New Year's Eve: 31st December
Spain is definitely one of the best destinations to experience New Year's. On the eve of the new year, known as Nochevieja (The Old Night), all the main squares of the city are lit up.
Three Kings' Day: 6th January
While the beginning of the New Year effectively puts an end to celebrations the world over, it isn't quite over in Spain. Instead of 'Santa Claus', kids associate Papa Noel as the holiday gift giver. Also, unlike Christmas in other parts of the world, gifts are not given to children only on Christmas Day, but also on Three Kings' Day.
Another tradition involves eating the famous dessert, Roscón de los Reyes―an oval-shaped cake heavily decorated with candied fruit, quinces, cherries, or dried fruit.
Also, in the La Font de la Figuera municipality, New Year's is ushered in by... stripping down to your underwear and running through the streets! Oh, and the underwear must be red in color!
Also, all the Nativity scenes have a Caganer (a gnome-like man with his pants down, defecating), which is an odd symbolism for good luck. It is interesting to see how a holiday's traditions are celebrated around the world, where Spain has by far, intrigued us to no end!