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.

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

For all types of Spanish teachers! If you’re a Spanish teacher in a school or a Spanish teacher for private groups and individuals, a tutor, or a parent this video e-course, the Foreign Language Teacher’s Toolbox,  is for you!  It both gives and shows you how to teach Spanish using the most effective techniques that make learning meaningful and fun for students. Each e-video is accompanied by how-t0 handouts with more clearly explained activities.

  • Fresh creative ideas
  • Trouble-shooting solutions to all types of challenges
  • New twists on seasonal themes
  • How to teach listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish
  • Immersion techniques to keep you & students in Spanish
  • Using a variety of types of Spanish for optimal student learning

This e-Video course from begins on Tuesday, October 27th and will continue with different e-Video lessons until early June. You can purchase Foreign Language Teacher Toolbox now.  So click here to read more and to enroll.

Spanish Teachers Activities, Games, & Lessons

July 1, 2009 · Posted in spanish speaking activities · Comment 

Students and language learners of each and every age love to have fun with Spanish.  Get them using Spanish the fun way with our new book.

We finally did it!  My parnter Diane and I got our first, hard copy booklet of activities, games, and lessons for Spanish and all language teachers. Each activity is explained and spelled out from materials, time, to clear instructions.  They’re also tied to the ACTFL (American Council of the Teachers of Foreign Language) standards and 5 C’s.

Anybody can use them; not just teachers.  Take a peak and have some fun with literally any area of Spanish: vocabulary, conversation, content areas, grammar, and verbs.

Click here for Middle School Madness: Cooking Up Foreign Language Games.

Enjoy.  You can get a downloadable copy too.

Spanish Valentine Collection of Activities:

Feliz Día de Amor y Amistad

Feliz Día de Amor y Amistad

It’s almost here: Feliz Día de San Valentín, or Feliz Día de Amor y Amistad.  The colors, candy, chocolate, and happiness of Valentine’s Day warm up the winter blues.  It’s also a perfect opportunity for you to use Spanish in some Valentine greetings.

Anyone can create a Spanish valentine with some basic valentine vocabulary, paper, scissors, & markers.

  • Feliz Día de San Valentín= Happy Valentine’s Day
  • Feliz Día de Amor y Amistad= Happy Love & Friendship Day
  • Te quiero= I love you
  • Mi amor= my love
  • Mi vida=my life
  • Mi corazón= my heart
  • Mi amigo= my friend
  • Mi querido(a)= my dear
  • rojo= red
  • rosado(a)= pink
  • morado= purple

Click on to see several Spanish valentine activities.

Click here to see a comprehensive Spanish Valentine Activities Collection.

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