Long before the Christmas tree became a common sight in Spain, tradition centered exclusively on the "Nacimiento" or Nativity scene, also known as a "Belén". The emphasis on Christmas Eve is on family and the commemoration of the birth of Christ while the Three Wise Men arrive in Spanish cities with great pomp, as witnessed by thousands of children and grown-ups watching any of the parades, large and small, in cities and villages on the night of the 5th of January. The Three Wise Men are in charge of depositing presents – or, in the case of naughty children, (candy) coal – in children’s shoes.
The Nativity scene is also a perfect chance to teach our primary students key facts about the Roman World.
Usborne Children's Books offers a wide range of books on the Roman civilization.
By Miguel Ángel Martín Mas - Santísima Trinidad School