The 2017 Spanglish Family Holiday Gift Guide

The 2017 Spanglish Family Holiday Gift Guide

Inside: Spanish gift guide for Spanish/English-speaking kids and families. 

The holidays are quickly approaching, but if you’re like me, you still have people on your gift list!

If you need some ideas for a Spanglish friends and family still on your list, I’ve got you covered. Here are some fun ideas for meaningful and quality gifts. 

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1. Coco-Inspired Lotería and Bingo

 


Disney Pixar Coco (Remember Me) A LOTERIA Game

How fun is this? Bingo/Lotería to go with the Coco craze, and bring Mexican culture into your home with these gorgeous designs. 

 

2. Spanish Edition of Scrabble

 


Scrabble Spanish

We are having lots of fun with this one right now! If you have a mix of English and Spanish speakers, you can always allow everyone to play in their native language.

 

3. T-shirts 

 

How about an adorable bilingual onesie? I think these are too cute:


Chiquitin Clothing on Etsy

I wanted to recommend the amazing Ellie Elote Store, but they are temporarily closed! Perhaps a Coco-themed shirt in the meantime:

Disney Coco Heathered T-Shirt for Girls Size S (5/6) Blue

 

5. Magnetic Poetry

 


Magnetic Poetry – Spanish Kit – Words for Refrigerator – Write Poems and Letters on the Fridge – Made in the USA

Keep Spanish on everyone’s mind with this fun magnetic set. Leave message for each other, learn some new words, and get creative with this gift. 

 

6. Music

 


Diez Deditos/ Ten Little Fingers

If it’s a family with younger kids, I can’t recommend Jose Luis Orozco highly enough!

andes gift

Of course I’m partial to anything Peruvian, but this is a great educational gift. The Ebook and CD from Daria’s Little Village Store teach about Quechua culture and life in the Andes.  

 

7. Coffee Mug

 


Funny Spanish Animal Coffee Mug by Crazy Cool Mugs | Como Te Llamas Language Joke, 11 Ounce White

Just yes please. 

 

8. DIY Map Ornament

 

peru ornament

You can make this for free! Decoupage maps onto an old ball ornament. (If you look up DIY decoupage ball ornament, there are tons of tutorials out there.) Use maps that hold significance: hometowns, places traveled to, etc. 

 

9. Map Gifts

 


Custom Wedding Couple 2 Heart Maps Art Print, UNFRAMED, Wedding gift, Personalized & Customized, Engagement Gift, Anniversary Gift, Valentines day gift, Housewarming gift

If you want to be creative, here’s a really thoughtful and personalized idea for a bicultural couple. Just give the hometown of each couple and order the print.  Jigsaw2order – Personalized Photo Jigsaw Puzzle with 504 pieces, 16x20in

Use a family photo, travel pictures, hometown pictures, or maps to make a customized puzzle. 

 

10. Bilingual or Authentic Spanish Books

 

It’s so hard to list just a few. Seriously. Browse my recommendations for 50 Bilingual Books in Spanish and English, or 50 Authentic Books in Spanish for Kids and see what I mean. 

But if I have to boil it down to my very favorites, I’ll do my best. If you want to be a really awesome gift-giver, think about giving a subscription to Spanish and English books via Booklandia or Sol Book Box.

Then your favorite Spanglish family can get something new to read/explore every month!

Here goes:

Board Books:


Loteria: First Words / Primeras Palabras (English and Spanish Edition)

With gorgeous images, these bilingual board books are perfect for small hands. They put even your littlest ones in touch with Latino culture and are sure to delight. 

Preschoolers:


¡Pío Peep!: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes (Spanish Edition)

This collection has the best of traditional Spanish rhymes and songs, with beautiful illustrations on each page. It needs to be on every Spanglish family shelf for sure.  


Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever / El mejor libro de palabras de Richard Scarry (Richard Scarry’s Best Books Ever) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition)

Busy and curious preschoolers will love this pictionary from Richard Scarry. It’s great for families where both parents aren’t bilingual and want to learn along with their kids. 

Elementary:


Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas (Tales Our Abuelitas Told): Cuentos populares Hispánicos (Spanish Edition) 
Alma Flor Ada, F. Isabel Campoy (1996) Paperback

I love anything by Alma Flor Ada, and this collection brings together classic Hispanic stories. 


Que Monton de Tamales (Too Many Tamales) (Spanish Edition) by Gary Soto, Ed Martinez

A Noche Buena story, this book is available in both Spanish and English. It’s a fun story with Latino culture, family, and food woven throughout.

Older Kids:


Secret of the Andes (Puffin Book)

Written in English, Secret of the Andes follows the story of a boy as he learns about his ancestors. (Sorry for another Peru-heavy suggestion!)

Adult Readers:


Arroz con Pollo and Apple Pie: Raising Bicultural Children

See my review of this wonderful book here. It’s a perfect read for bicultural parents with young or older children– challenging, heartwarming, and helpful. 

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Latin Christmas Songs: Your Essential Spanish Playlist

Latin Christmas Songs: Your Essential Spanish Playlist

Inside: Latin Christmas songs playlist to celebrate with family and friends. 

 

Whether you like to turn on the Christmas songs in October or you prefer to wait for December, there’s nothing to bring on Navidad nostalgia like music. I grew up listening to classic English carols and the likes of Frank Sinatra, but I’ve expanded the repertoire since marrying my Peruvian husband. Now there’s twice as much festivity, with a little more cha-cha-cha thrown in. 

 

Latin Christmas Songs Playlist

 

This list is a mix of original Spanish songs, villancicos, and ones that are familiar to English speakers as well. Some are religious and some aren’t; some are old classics and some are recent covers. (If you’re a teacher and are looking for a non-Christmas song, skip to the end for a great Latin Hanukkah song.)

So, grab a mug a of chocolate and curl up for some Christmas cheer!

 

 

1. Mi burrito sabanero (Juanes)

 

It’s really not a Latin playlist without this classic. And Juanes nails it!

 

 

2. Los peces en el río (Pandora)

 

This is an original Spanish song that you’ll hear again and again during the Christmas season. 

 

 

3. Feliz Navidad (Michael Bublé y Thalia)

 

Obviously, Feliz Navidad. Thanks to this song, basically everybody knows how to say Christmas in Spanish. I adore the version by Michael Bublé and Thalia!

 

 

4. El niño de tambor/ El tamborilero (Pandora)

 

There are tons of great options for this songs (Don Omar has a good cover), but this version is classic. 

 

 

5. Blanca Navidad (Matisse ft. Arthur Hanlon)

 

Here’s a fresh cover of Blanca Navidad that will get your toes tapping. Try the version by Andrea Bocelli if you love a more classic sound. 

 

 

6. Campanas de Navidad (Celia Cruz)

 

Throwback to older days of salsa-inspired music with this song by Celia Cruz. 

 

 

7. Noche de paz (Laura Pausini)

 

Beautiful, of course, from Laura Pausini (I like the Matisse cover as well). 

 

 

8. Campana sobre campana (Pandora)

 

It’s hard to beat Pandora’s version of Campana sobre campana. 

 

 

9. Ven a mi casa esta Navidad (Luis Aguile)

 

Luis Aguile’s Ven a mi casa esta Navidad is a must-listen-to and sure to bring back memories. 

 

 

10. Allá en el pesebre (Aliento ft. Majo Solis)

 

Beautiful, reverent cover of the traditional carol Away in a Manger. (villancico– religious). Listen to this one on Christmas eve. 

 

 

11. Adestes fideles (Andrea Bocellia)

 

To end on a more majestic note, O Come Let Us Adore Him in Spanish is a beautiful song. 

 

12. Canción para la Navidad (José Luis Perales)

 

 

13. Ocho Kandelikas – Latin Hanukkah Remix

 

To round out the holidays, here’s a great version of Ocho Kandelikas, in honor of Hanukkah.

 

Hope you enjoyed my picks for essential Latin Christmas Songs! What did I miss on your playlist? Let me know in the comments below.

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Free Printable Christmas and Holiday Cards in Spanish

Free Printable Christmas and Holiday Cards in Spanish

Inside: Free printable Holiday, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas cards in Spanish.

Who’s up for some holiday freebies? I’ve been busy putting together some cards that you can use at home or in the classroom for the winter holidays.

spanish christmas cards

 

Holiday & Christmas Cards in Spanish

I styled them a bit minimalist to save on printing, and tried to include a variety of winter holidays to accommodate all my readers. (If I missed something, let me know!)

If you’re here looking for ways to express holiday greetings, here are a few options:

Feliz navidad (Merry Christmas)

Felices fiestas (Happy Holidays)

Feliz Janucá (Happy Hanukkah– though I’ve also seen Feliz Januka, Hanukkah, and Jánuca!)

Feliz Kwanzaa (Happy Kwanzaa)

If you’d like to have a set of black and white cards to color, you can purchase them here!

Also check out my posts on Holiday and Spanish Christmas Activities, Christmas across the Spanish-speaking world,  and Spanish Christmas Songs for Kids.

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Spanish Christmas Activities: The Ultimate Round-up of Classroom Ideas

Spanish Christmas Activities: The Ultimate Round-up of Classroom Ideas

Inside: A round-up of classroom ideas for Spanish Christmas activities. 

The week before winter holidays can be a bit crazy right? You might be at the end of your rope and out of ideas, but no worries! I’ve scoured the internet for the best Christmas and winter-themed ideas, and gathered them here for you. 

Obviously, the guidelines on Christmas-themed plans will vary from school-to-school. Some of you at religious schools can celebrate it; others will need to present more neutral lessons. Because it’s entrenched in largely-Catholic Hispanic culture, you might present it as culture. 

With all that in mind, I’ve tried to gather a variety so there’s something for everyone. If it’s not already obvious, I’ve also tried to note whether certain resources are religious or not. 

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Spanish Christmas Activities

merry christmas in spanish

 Easy & Fun Ideas

 

  • Ask or tell a funny Christmas/winter story: mishaps of Santa, a kid who discovers Santa isn’t real, or build a story around a familiar character like the Grinch.

 

  • Choose a song and just focus on a few keywords (like Navidad). Do a really easy listening activity like Draw, Listen, Check

 

  • Use authentic holiday commercials in Spanish and do a voting tournament to choose the class favorite. You can find a ton of great resources to do this here.

 

  • Introduce Hispanic traditions like Las posadas, Los tres reyes, or traditional foods. 

 

  • Retell the original Christmas story. Use a picture book, draw as you go (a la Story Listening), or use a video from below as your visual

#authres

There are lots of infographics, songs, and video clips you can throw in during the winter holidays. These are fun to to prompt discussion and give the students a chance to see what they can understand from an authentic resource.


Credit: Easy Spanish 


Credit: Azteca Noticias

Visit my Christmas in Spanish page on Pinterest to find lots more Navidad realia!

 

Songs

 

If you have a younger crowd, I’ve got a great list of Christmas songs in Spanish for kids. Below, you can find my   top picks for a variety of ages, both religious and non-religious. 

Feliz navidad from Michael Bublé and Thalia
I love, love, love this version! Non-religious except for the word “Navidad.” His accent isn’t perfect but Thalia makes up for that. 🙂

 

Mi burrito sabanero 
This is a great dose of culture, comprehensible language, and Christmas that will be new for most of your students. Definitely religious, with religious images.

 

Noche de paz – If you’d like a familiar Christmas carol in Spanish, this is a good pick.

 

Báte, báte chocolate Perfect in case you need a highly comprehensible winter-themed non-religious song (hot chocolate, anyone?)

 

Ocho candalias Great song for including Hanukkah in your winter plans. 

 

 Ideas for Older Students

 

Lotería de Justino 
Movietalk Resources from Aprendemos Juntos (INCREDIBLE and free resources based on a MovieTalk on the Spanish lottery short film)

Los pingüinos de Madagascar
MovieTalk resources from Aprendemos Juntos (another CI-packed resource)

El tío de Nadal 
from La maestra loca (Hilarious, + authentic culture.)

Navidad Stations
from Mary Overton 

Volver a casa MovieTalk Resources
from Aprendemos Juntos

navidad inesperada
 MovieTalk Resources from Aprendemos Juntos 

Juego de navidad
from Aprendemos Juntos

Rosca de reyes
from Cynthia Hitz

Podcast for Beginners: ¡Feliz navidad!

Podcast for Intermediate Students: ¡Lotería!

Navidad mini-unit
(IPA-style) from Get Your Learning On

General Spanish Christmas Resources

 

Freebie Christmas Card Printable in Spanish from Mommy Maleta

Spanish Christmas Cards from Mommy Maestra

Bilingual Gift Tags in Spanish from Mommy Maestra

A Spanglish Christmas Poem from Family Life in Spain

“Ojo de Dios” Craft from Bilingual Eyes

 

MovieTalks

 

There are some amazing short films that make for great MovieTalks– this is one of those times you can get the best of #authres and CI.

If you’re new to MovieTalks, read about them here. Basically, you narrate a short film in language the students understand, discuss, and possibly type up a reading.

Commercial from Spain for the 2015 Christmas Lottery  (There are tons of activities to go along with this! Lotería de Justino  Activities from Elena Lopez)

 

Commercial from Spain for the 2016 Christmas Lottery

 

Los tres reyes

 

Commercial for Christmas with llamas!

 

 

 

Christmas Stories

 

Narrate these videos in simple Spanish, or using the original versions with more advanced students. 

Re-telling of the Original Christmas Story (audio and subtitles in Spanish)

 

Santa Story: Very clear Spanish and story (audio and subtitles in Spanish).

 

 

#authres Movies

 

IKEA Commercial: Kids writing letters to Los tres reyes. 

 

Peruvian Navidad Commercial:

Lotería de España:

 

 

Christmas Spanish Activities 

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Christmas in Spanish: A Collection of Traditions and Activities

Christmas in Spanish: A Collection of Traditions and Activities

Inside: Christmas in Spanish: resources and activities for learning Christmas traditions across the Hispanic world.

 

I am privileged to be part of a wonderful community of bloggers at Multicultural Kid Blogs. Today I’m sharing a collection of their posts that relate to Christmas in Spanish-speaking countries, along with resources in Spanish about Christmas.

 

This list is packed with resources for teachers or families wanting to learn more about Navidad, Noche Buena, Los Tres Reyes, and other traditions. They’re organized by country so you can find what you need! (If you are a teacher or parent looking for general resources, my Spanish Christmas Activities post is also packed with ideas!)

 

Christmas in Spanish Speaking Countries

 

 

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Our Christmas in Spain 2014: Traditions, Recipes, & New Ideas from Family Life in Spain

 

How do the Reyes Magos Get to Spain? Via Helicopter, Skiis, Boat, Horse… from Kid World Citizen

 

Spanish Christmas Traditions & Spanish Christmas Vocabulary from Family Life in Spain

 

 

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Christmas in Mexico: Nativity Scenes, Piñatas, Las Posadas, and More from Kid World Citizen

 

Las Posadas Lesson Plans, Crafts, Activities and Music from Mommy Maestra

 

Children’s Books about Christmas in Mexico from Kid World Citizen

 

Meet Pepe from Mexico from Mommy Maleta

 

Las Posadas Navideñas from The Other Side of the Tortilla

 

 

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Christmas in Colombia from Fun for Spanish Teachers

 

Noche de las Velitas Lights Night from Mamá Tortuga

 

 

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Christmas in Peru from Spanish Mama

 

 

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Christmas in Ecuador from Hispanic Mama

 

 

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Parrandas (Puerto Rican version of U.S. Caroling) from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

 

Celebrating “Noche Buena” (Christmas Eve) in Puerto Rico from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

 

Celebrating “Los Tres Reyes Magos” in the U.S.A from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

 

On This Beautiful Island Children’s Book and Bohío Ornament from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes

 

 

Ecuador

Celebraciones de fin de año en Chile from La Clase de Sra. Dufault

 

 

Ecuador (1)

Christmas in Costa Rica from All Done Monkey

 

Christmas in Spanish: Activities & Resources

 

 

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Comprehensible Input infographic comparing La navidad y El día de los Reyes Magos from Mundo de Pepita

 

Las Posadas Countdown Calendar from Mommy Maestra

 

 

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It’s a Piñata Round-up! from Mundo de Pepita

 

“Ojo de Dios” Craft from Bilingual Eyes

 

The Legend of the Poinsetta | Mexico Craft from Mommy Maleta

 

Bilingual Christmas Decorations from Mommy Maestra

 

Spanish Christmas Color by Number from Spanish Playground

 

 

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10 Latino Themed Christmas Books for Children from Hispanic Mama

 

Children’s Books about Christmas in Mexico from Kid World Citizen

 

4 Children’s Books to Celebrate Las Posadas from Mommy Maestra

 

 

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Spanish Christmas Songs for Children from Family Life in Spain

 

18 Popular Latino Christmas Songs from Hispanic Mama

 

Cuentos de Navidad y Villancicos from La Clase de Sra. Dufault

 

5 Spanish Winter Songs from Spanish Playground

 

Spanish Christmas Carols for Kids from Spanish Playground

 

Favorite Children’s Christmas Songs in Spanish from Spanish Mama

 

 

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A Spanglish Christmas Poem from Family Life in Spain

 

Spanish Christmas Traditions & Spanish Christmas Vocabulary from Family Life in Spain

 

Freebie Christmas Card Printable in Spanish from Mommy Maleta

 

Spanish Christmas Cards from Mommy Maestra

 

The Christmas Story in Spanish from Spanish Playground

 

Free Christmas Board Game in Spanish from Mommy Maestra

 

Christmas Connect Four from Mommy Maestra

 

Bilingual Gift Tags in Spanish from Mommy Maestra

 

Spanish Printables: Winter and Snowmen from Spanish Playground

 

 

Christmas in Spanish-speaking countries

 

Follow Spanish Mama’s board Navidad on Pinterest.

 

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