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Marnie’s Spanish 101: Christmas Words

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¡Hola y Bienvenidos! Welcome to the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County’s Spanish 101 blog series for kids! Here you’ll find some wonderful resources, book suggestions and activities and to help your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it!

In this week’s blog, let’s learn some commonly used words at Christmas time! Watch the video below for an introduction, which is followed by a short vocabulary list and some recommended reading available at your library that is sure to improve language retention.

Watch this video to learn some of the most common Christmas words in Spanish



Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad (feh-lees nah-bee-dahd)

Christmas Eve – Nochebuena (noh-cheh-bweh-nah)

Santa Claus – Papá Noel (pah-pah noh-ehl)

Christmas tree – árbol de Navidad (ahr-bohl deh nah-bee-dahd)

Ornaments – adorno (ah-dohr-noh)

Angel – ángel (ahng-hehl)

Star – estrella (ehs-treh-yah)

Three Wise Men – Los Reyes Magos (rreh-yehs mah-gohs)

Jingle Bells – cascabel (kahs-kah-behl)

Snow Man – muñeco de nieve (moo-nyeh-koh deh nyeh-beh)

Giftregalo (rreh-gah-loh)


Suggested Reading Available for Pick up:

The Christmas Gift/El Regalo De Navidad by Francisco Jiménez
As a family struggles to find work during the holidays, a young boy anxious for Christmas presents will discover the true meaning of Christmas and family in this beautifully illustrated bilingual title.

Merry Christmas, Curious George/Feliz Navidad, Jorge el curioso by Kathy Hapka
Curious George is at it again when he gets separated from the man in the yellow hat and finds himself in a children’s hospital. Knowing Curious George, he’ll be sure to cheer up everyone he meets in this fun Christmas story.

Cómo El Grinch robó La Navidad by Dr. Seuss
In this Spanish edition of the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” kids will enjoy learning new Spanish words while they watch the Grinch’s efforts to stop Christmas.

Suggested Reading Available from Hoopla:  

Christmas / Navidad by Eduardo Alamán
Filled with great pictures and simple text, this bilingual book is a great introduction for young readers as they learn common Christmas words and traditions in Spanish.

Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! / Feliz Navidad Buhito by Brenda Ponnay
Bedtime just got a little trickier for Little Hoo as it’s Christmas Eve and every noise makes it sound as though Santa is on his way!


Anxious to learn more Spanish or are interested in exploring other languages? Be sure to check out the free language learning resources the library offers!


Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog! We’ll see you next time for more fun Spanish lessons, great books and fun activities!

¡Hasta Luego!



Marnie is the Austintown Unit Assistant Supervisor & Youth Services Team Leader. She was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up in northeast Ohio where she loved going to the library so much that she knew it was the career for her. When she’s not reading whatever she can get her hands on, she can be found trying new recipes, going for a hike or enjoying a good movie.