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Christmas in Spain is a very joyous and religious time of year You will see that a Spanish Christmas has a lot of American influence but also has much of their own heritage in it In small towns and villages it is more traditional and distinctly Spanish It is in the bigger cities that you will find more American and European customs For an example will only see a Santa Claus walking around in Madrid and other big cities The idea of Santa has spread through out Spain more today The climate and the language differ and so does Christmas in Spain The Spanish customs and traditions in small towns also will differ than in the big cities In Spain there are two regions the north and the south They are very different from another The northern regions decorate their homes with holly and mistletoe when the nativity comes The southern region decorates their homes with geraniums and heliotrope You can see so much of the difference because of the climate and the culture In the northern region it snows and it really never snows in the south The cultures in the north are more of Roman and European because they refused the Muslim rule In the south is influenced by Asiatic and Saracen culture There are many celebrations that the Spanish celebrate during the Christmas holiday Christmas starts in Spain on December 1 to some people because that is when they start their advent calendars Advent calendars are calendars that have a piece of candy or a treat for each day Every day you get a treat but before you get it you have to say what you are thankful for The calendar counts up to Christmas Eve The other holidays are Immaculada which is on December 8th Christmas Eve which is on December 24 Christmas day which is
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