Spanish and German Christmas Celebrations

Published on 06 January 2015

Spanish and German Christmas Celebrations

On the morning Tuesday 16th December the drama studio was taken over by the MFL Department. All Year 9 Spanish students and Year 9 German students were taken out of their timetabled lessons to visit the very atmospheric drama studio, lit only by around 50 candles and decorated with hand crafted ornaments. The mood was set by the students singing Christmas carols in Spanish/German that had been previously taught in language lessons, followed by a presentation on how Christmas is celebrated in their studied country.

Many students were surprised to find that there are no “Christmas Stockings”, but instead a slipper would be placed by the door on 6th December for Saint Nicholas to fill….if the child had been good. Other important celebrations such as Advent, Christmas Eve, The 12 days of Christmas, New Year’s Eve and Epiphany were also explained. To end the experience much traditional Christmas fayre was sampled whilst students filled in a quiz on all they had learned.

We have all been very lucky to have such a close insight into other cultures at such an important time of year. Many thanks to Frau Brown, Señora Vecchi, Frau Kelby, Madame Rhoden and Frau Elding for all the hard work and imagination they had put into this event to help the teaching of  Spanish and German “come alive”.