Maria del Carmen Aranda, a books’ writer, called into Cafe Con Leche on Tuesday, December 19, 2016 from Madrid, Spain. She told us how they celebrate Christmas and the New Year. She told us of the villancicos (Christmas songs) that the children sing. They go door to door signing and they receive candy or coins in change. Maria del Carmen also told us about the Lottery Draw “El Gordo” (“The Fat one”). It is the biggest lottery worldwide. It is held every year on December 22 and millions listen to the children to sing (say) the winner numbers. During the Christmas dinner they eat different kinds of fish, such as salmon, oven-baked “besugo” (sea bream) and “lombarda” (red cabbage), etc.
The New Year is celebrated at midnight, with a toast. They eat 12 grapes, one for every sound of the clock when is marking midnight. Mari Carmen also told us of the Reyes Magos tradition and the “Roscon de Reyes”. These traditions also are observed in Mexico. Mari Carmen wished to our listeners Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year.