Hear from a Spanish Tour Director about his favorite holiday tradition—setting up a nativity scene.
For Spaniards, assembling the nativity scene is like decorating the Christmas tree. Since the 18th century, the nativity scene has been a staple during the holiday season in Spain. You’ll find nativity scenes in all of the local homes, as well as in bars, banks, beauty salons, and more. Join Tour Director Manuel for this virtual experience as he shows off his own nativity scene and explains the cultural significance behind this practice.
This live experience will take you into his home in Spain as you learn about the Christian tradition of assembling a nativity scene. True nativity scenes in Spain include not only the cradle with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, but also a whole host of people who have their own backstories and traditions. From the townspeople and kings to the soldiers, this virtual experience will give you a peek into the lives of the people who were present at the birth of Jesus—and the importance of including them in nativity scenes in Spain. And don’t think we forgot about the animals! During this live experience, Manuel will also talk about the many animals (like donkeys, ox, and sheep!) that were in the manger.
Celebrate Christmas the Spanish way by gathering around the nativity with Manuel during this virtual experience. Hear how he has carried on the tradition of creating nativity scenes in Spain with his family as he shares his favorite Christmas pastime with you. ¡Feliz Navidad!