On Tuesday, December 18, our fourth grade students, under the direction of Señorita Ana and Mrs. Van Overen, shared a traditional Spanish carol during Lower School Chapel.
As part of their language studies, students learned that Christmas (Navidad) is the most important celebration in Spanish speaking countries. They learned that in Spain, Christmas ends January 6 when the Three Kings (Los Reyes Magos) bring the presents. An essential part of the holiday celebration is the singing of villancicos. You can hear them everywhere: in the streets performed by local choirs, inside the shopping malls and on the radio. Families sing together at Christmas Eve and Christmas and it used to be traditional to give some money to the kids after they performed. The villancico performed by our fourth graders, Campana Sobre Campana, is a traditional one and sounds very different from our English Christmas Carols.