Christmas is just around the corner! And if you are trying to raise little Spanish-speakers like we are, you probably are on the hunt for some Spanish resources for Christmas and reinforce that language learning. Well, look no further. I have rounded up a list of some of the best (or, at least my favorite) Spanish resources for a Navidad feliz.
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I am loving this Noche de Paz Advent Calendar by The Vermont Christmas Company. This Christmas countdown features Scripture verses in Spanish for every day leading up to Christmas. This is a perfect way to share the Christmas story with your child while practicing Spanish skills.
Okay, so El Burrito de Navidad by Sarah Ramond is not a true advent calendar. It is more of a 10-day countdown. However, this 10-Day devotional style book is a great way to explore the Christmas story with young elementary-aged children. The beautiful pictures illustrate the Nativity and the simple text helps young learners explore the story, as well as the Spanish language.
You can’t really have Christmas without villancicos, or Christmas carols. We love the Mundo Lanugo Christmas Playlist on YouTube. The kid-friendly versions of classic villancicos are perfect for little ones. Also, the characters are cute and help illustrate the music for non-native speakers.
Another YouTube channel we love for villancicos is Canticuentos. The animation is just splendid and again illustrates the song for young listeners and non-native speakers.
For those that would rather avoid videos, or are trying to cut down on screen time, we also enjoy the Spotify playlist Mi Burrito Sabanero/Villancicos/Navidad. This playlist has a good mix of songs for the whole family.
There are so many good Christmas movies, and I love that in the age of DVDs, many of them come with a Spanish Audio (which can be accessed through the “Settings” feature on most DVDs).
The Star is a new Christmas movie with a Spanish Audio option that is just as delightful as the English. This story follows the animals of the Nativity story to share the birth of Christ in a fun, kid-relateable way.
Several of the Rankin and Bass Christmas specials have been dubbed into Spanish. This includes “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” and “The Little Drummer Boy.” These classics were staples of my childhood, so it is fun to rediscover them in Spanish with my little ones. The one downside is that the songs are not dubbed into Spanish just the dialogue. However, the English music breaks can be helpful for families learning Spanish together, and non-native speakers not ready for a full-Spanish movie.
Finally, celebrate Christmas with books in Spanish.
In case you didn’t know, Lil’ Libros finally released a Christmas (or Dia de los Reyes) book, Tres Reyes Magos–Colores. This beautiful book helps littles learn colors in Spanish while celebrating Dia de los Reyes. Anyone who knows how much I love Lil’ Libros knows I wept for joy when I found this brilliant book at our local library. Like all books by Lil’ Libros, it is a worthy investment.
¡Qué Montón de Tamales! by Gary Soto shares about the Mexican tradition of tamale making and eating for Christmas. This book is perfect for any family with Mexican heritage or those who are interested in introducing their children to Mexican culture as well as the Spanish language.
My final share is the book Mi Burrito by Susie Jaramillo. This beautiful board book illustrates the classic villancico “Mi Burrito Sabanero,” which if you have tiny Spanish-speakers, you really need to add this song to your Christmas traditions. This is such a favorite, that my toddler requests this song year-round!
What other resources would you add to this list?
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