12 Spanish Words for the 12 Days of Christmas

Are you spending Christmas in Spain or somewhere in Latin America? Do you want to impress your tía Mari at your family’s Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) dinner? Or do you want to show off your enhanced Spanish vocabulary in Sra. Garcia’s Spanish class right before midterms? Well, here we present you with (drumroll please)... the 12 Christmas Spanish vocabulary words that will make your celebrations merry and bright!


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Day 1. Papá Noel = Santa Claus or Father Christmas

Papá Noel prepara los regalos para los niños con la ayuda de sus duendes navideños. (Santa Claus prepares gifts for the children with the help of his Christmas elves.)


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Day 2. Adorno = Ornament

Mi mamá nos regaló a mi hermana y a mí adornos de ángel. (My mom gifted my sister and me angel ornaments.)


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Day 3. Regalos = Presents

Carlitos, si te portas bien, Papá Noel te traerá muchos regalos de Navidad este año. (Carlitos, if you behave well, Santa will bring you many Christmas presents this year.)


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Day 4. Árbol de Navidad = Christmas tree

Sofía ayudó a su mamá a decorar el árbol de Navidad. (Sofia helped her mom decorate the Christmas tree.)


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Day 5. Acebo = Holly

Susana hizo adornos de Navidad con acebo y ramas de pino. (Susana made Christmas decorations with holly and pine branches.)


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Day 6. Muñeco de nieve = Snowman

El primer día que nevó en Chicago, los niños salieron afuera para hacer muñecos de nieve. (The first day that it snowed in Chicago, the children went outside to make snowmen.)


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Day 7. Reno = Reindeer

Abuela fue arrollada por un reno. (Grandma got run over by a reindeer.)


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Day 8. Luces navideñas = Christmas lights

En el vecindario de Felipe, decoran las casas con luces navideñas. (In Felipe's neighborhood, they decorate the houses with Christmas lights.)


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Day 9. Castañas = Chestnuts

Las castañas estaban siendo asadas en una fogata. (The chestnuts were roasting on an open fire.)


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Day 10. Flor de Nochebuena = Poinsettia

La flor de Nochebuena es nativa de México y América Central. (The poinsettia is native to Mexico and Central America.)


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Day 11. Bastón de caramelo = Candy cane

El calcetín de Navidad de Elena está lleno de juguetes pequeños y bastones de caramelo. (Elena’s Christmas stocking is full of small toys and candy canes.)


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Day 12. Los Reyes Magos = The Three Kings

Las celebraciones navideñas en Latinoamérica y España no terminan hasta la visita de los Reyes Magos el 6 de enero. (The Latin American and Spanish Christmas festivities don't come to an end until a visit from the Three Kings on January 6th.)


So that’s a “wrap,” folks. Hope these words come in handy this holiday season.

On behalf of the team at SpanishDict, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

De parte del equipo de SpanishDict, ¡les deseamos una muy Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!

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