Spanish Santa Clause & Holiday Vocabulary

Papá Noel

Papá Noel

Santa Claus is coming to town! Viene Papá a la ciudad! The holidays are here.  Foreign Language House has it all wrapped up for you in Santa’s Visit in Spanish, a versatile unit of readings and activities for all ages of novice Spanish speakers.

Spanish Colors, Sizes & Descriptions

Review your Spanish colors, sizes, and descriptions as you describe Santa, or Papá Noel.

  • Papá Noel es gordo.  Santa Claus is fat.
  • Papá Noel es generoso.  Santa Claus is generous.

Using Spanish Verbs

Now, describe some action, or use some verbs.

  • Papá Noel llega a la casa.  Santa Claus arrives a the house.
  • Papá Noel entra en la casa.  Santa Claus enters the house.
  • Papá Noel pone un regalo debajo del árbol de la Navidad. Santa puts a present under the Christmas tree.

You can just see Santa, can’t you?  That’s the point.  You’ve just learned some more Spanish, or you’ve practiced.  Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Spanish Hannukah Vocabulary

La Menorá

La Menorá

It’s almost time to celebrate Hanukkah, or Janucá, in Spanish on December 11th. Did you know that the Jewish culture of medieval Spain not only influenced the arts and sciences of Spain, but of Europe?  The Sephardic Jews, or los sefardiés, were a vital component of Spanish culture.

Janucá is a great way to present the geography of Spain and  the history of the Spanish Jews in simple Spanish while you reinforce the high numbers of dates and even ordinal numbers with lighting the candles.

The family gatherings, beautiful menorah lightings, and lively dreidel games make Janucá such a fun holiday to celebrate en español.  See Janucá for Students in Grades 6 to 12 to learn more.


  • la menorá- the menorah
  • las velas- the candles
  • las luces- the lights
  • la familia- the family
  • la comida- the meal
  • las canciones- the songs
  • los juegos- the games

*Menorah image:  For pointers on teaching Spanish at Home click here.

Free Spanish Thanksgiving Activities

Today is the last day you can get the free Spanish Thanksgiving Activities: games, readings, chants, vocabulary and more from

The sign up is to the right.  So go for it before  they go on sale tomorrow, November 25th.

Remember, Thanksgiving is a great time to practice Spanish foods, family, and even setting the table.  La comida, la familia, y poner la mesa.

Practicing preferences or what you like and don’t like is perfect too: ME GUSTA OR NO ME GUSTA.  See the Thanksgving freebies from Foreign Language House to get all of this.  Qué tenga un feliz día de la acción de gracias.

Spanish Thanksgiving Lessons & Activities

Feliz Día de la Acción de Gracias

Feliz Día de la Acción de Gracias

Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities in Spanish?If you’re looking for a collection of Spanish Thanksgiving activities, or a short unit, you’re in the right place.  Be sure to check out this Thanksgiving power point story. All materials work in a classroom or for home-educators, or even just for some fun around the house.

If you’re a homeschooling parent, or an adult interested in introducing children to Spanish, there are also materials for you. This holiday we’ve provided units for every age and most Spanish language levels. See the list and selections below:

Spanish Turkey Finger Play for Preschoolers

Spanish Thanksgiving Story for Grades 3-6

Spanish Thanksgiving Story for Grades 6-12

As foreign language education research shows, the framework of a story makes language memorable & appealing to all learners.  Story is the defining component of Foreign Language House materials and these materials have plenty.

See the fun, practical Spanish preference expressions with Thanksgiving too

Free Spanish Thanksgiving Vocabulary

un pavo para el Día de la Acción de Gracias

un pavo para el Día de la Acción de Gracias

Something so American to learn Spanish?  You bet!  What is better than family, friendship, food, and Thanksgiving Dinner family intrigue to learn a language. All learners respond to the excitement of Thanksgiving with its food and family gatherings presented in Spanish.

Quickie Spanish Vocabulary List

  • family= la familia
  • friendship=la amistad
  • meal= una comida
  • pilgrim= el/la peregrina/o
  • Native American= indígena
  • turkey=el pavo
  • nap= la siesta
  • football game= el partido de fútbol americano

What about some handy phrases

  • Please pass me the . .  =Favor de pasarme el (la) . . .
  • Thank you= gracias
  • You are welcome= de nada
  • yes, please= Sí, por favor.
  • no, thank you= No, gracias.
  • more please= Más, por favor
  • I am stuffed= Estoy lleno(a

The newest  Thanksgiving handouts, activities, stories, and even a power point are out from Foreign Language House.  Beautiful, colored illustrations & dynamic activities.  Check them out!

Thanksgiving Powerpoint: Simple story with meal vocabulary

Thanksgiving Turkey Finger Play Body Parts Activities

Thanksgiving Preferences using GUSTAR with meal vocabulary

Thanksgiving Story & Activities for Grades 7-12

Thanksgiving Story & Activities for Beginners

Spanish Day of the Dead- Free Spanish Vocabulary

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is almost here.  Sound creepy?  Well, it’s not.  Some Americans, or really many people, mistakenly think that Día de los Muertos is a Mexican Halloween.  It’s not.  No lo es.

Día de los Muertos is the opposite of morbid and macabre.  It’s a spectacular, colorful, happy, but respectful time to honor loved ones who have passed away. Think Memorial Day to the thousandth power.

History of Día de Muertos

Día de Muertos is celebrated on November first and second.  When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico in the 1500′s, they came upon the native peoples, the Aztecs as one group, celebrating their dearly departed and the after life itself in August.  As the Spanish Roman Catholic missionaries made headway in Mexico, they combined the native memorial celebration with their own All Saints’ Day.  The dates for Día de Muertos evolved into the first two days of November.

Celebrations, Imagery, & Symbols

Mexicans have an ingenious way of combining symbols and adding a distinct humor to the heavy concept of death, or La Muerte. La Muerte is both personified and humorized into the dancing, laughing skeletons. The colors used on decorations, pastries, and candles are bright and contrasting.  Here is a little vocabulary.

Día de Muertos Vocabulary

  • death= la Muerte
  • candle= la vela
  • bread of the dead= el pan de muerto
  • candied skull= la calavera
  • decorative crepe paper hangings= papel picado
  • decorative memorial= la ofrenda
  • parade= el desfile

Read more description and detail about Day of the Dead and learn and practice basic Spanish within the context of Día de Muertos

Teaching Spanish E-Video Course

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Learn Spanish Body Parts & Celebrate a Fall Festival

El espantapájaros

El espantapájaros

For those who don’t participate in Halloween, Fall Festival activities are just as much fun, or moreso.  Learn about the face parts in Spanish with a friendly jack o lantern, or una calabaza or una linterna. Label body parts on a scarecrow, or un espantapájaros.

Face Vocabulary- las partes de la cara

  • los ojos- the eyes
  • la nariz- the nose
  • la boca- the mouth
  • the smile- la sonrisa

Basic Body Parts- las partes del cuerpo

  • la cabeza- the head
  • the neck- el cuelllo
  • the shoulders- los hombros
  • the stomach- el estómago
  • the chest-el pecho
  • the arms- los brazos
  • the hands- los manos
  • the knees- las rodillas
  • the legs- las piernas
  • the feet- los pies

Have fun with a collection of fall festival activities and learn your Spanish body parts¡

Spanish Vocabulary- Counting & Graphing Pumpkins in Spanish

October 14, 2009 · Posted in spanish speaking activities · Comment 
una calabaza y unos dulces

una calabaza y unos dulces

Spanish Fall vocabulary is great to practice the colors orange, anaranjado, brown, café, yellow, amarillo, and black, negro. It’s also a great time for learners to practice counting, describing, and even classifying in Spanish.  Graphing pumpkins will do all of this!

Play some tic tac toe games with colorful pictures. Read the previous posts on Fall Spanish Vocabulary, and go out to a pumpkin patch, pick a pumpkin, or una calabaza, and describe it en español.  You can do it!

Activities for Counting & Describing in Spanish

  • Counting, or contando, pumpkins is perfect for this time of year.  Learners can count unas calabazas en español at home, the grocery store, the grocery store, and in many public places.
  • Graphs are the best for practicing numbers.  Learners can make simple bar graphs showing how many calabazas they count at: home-casa-, school-escuela, the grocery store-el supermercado, church-la iglesia or temple-el templo, the neighborhood-la comunidad, and a friends house- la casa de mi amigo. A bar on the graph represents each place.
  • Compare a few different pumpkins, or calabazas.  Use grande-big-, pequeña-small-, and mediana-medium.
  • Comparisons of pumpkins:  La calabaza es más grande que la calabaza pequeña.  La calabaza es menos pequeña que la calabaza grande.

Spanish October, Fall, & Pumpkin Activities

Una Calabaza

Una Calabaza

Octubre, or October, is here.  Practice Spanish colors on the warm side of the spectrum, and shapes and sizes too with pumpkins and candy corn.

candy corn

unos dulces

Pumpkin Vocabulary List/Una lista de vocabulario sobre las calabazas

  • pumpkin= la calabaza
  • candy= el dulce
  • orange= anaranjada
  • green= verde
  • yellow= amarilla
  • big= grande
  • medium= mediana
  • small= pequeña
  • white= blanco
  • triangle= triángulo
  • round= redonda

Description: La calabaza es grande y anaranjada.  The pumpkin is big and orange.

El dulce es anaranjado, blanco, y amarillo.  The candy is orange, white, and yellow.

Pumpkin Song/Una Cancin de las Calabaza: To “The Farmer in the Dell”

  • La calabaza en la noche, la calabaza en la noche
  • Hay caramba!  ¡La calabaza en la noche!

Sing this several times and your pronunciation will be great!

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