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Christmas is approaching and as usual, the atmosphere is filled with joy, lights, and Christmas music. In this article, you can immersed yourself in the charm of Spanish Christmas through a very special musical tradition: Christmas carols.
These songs are an essential part of the Christmas celebration in Spanish-speaking countries and knowing them will allow you to immerse yourself even more in the cultural richness of the country. Let the Christmas spirit invade you with these popular Spanish Christmas carols.
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The first carol you are going to learn is "Noche de Paz", the Spanish Christmas translation for Silent Night. This Christmas song is a universal carol that has crossed borders and has been translated into several languages.
Its original Spanish lyrics are emotional and remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. Here are some verses:
“Noche de paz, noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor.
Entre sus astros que esparcen su luz.
Brilla anunciando al niñito Jesús.
Brilla la estrella de paz.
Brilla la estrella de amor.”
This carol is one of the best known in Spain. “Campana sobre campana” is a carol in Spanish that will transport you to the most famous holiday celebration in the world. The meaning of the title is “Bell upon bell” and its verses are contagious and easy to remember:
“Campana sobre campana,
y sobre campana una,
asómate a esa ventana,
verás al Niño en la cuna.
Belén, campanas de Belén
Que los ángeles tocan
¿Qué nuevas me traéis?”
Originally from Venezuela, but which has reached everywhere, the popular song called “El burrito sabanero”. This carol full of rhythm and colour makes everyone equally happy and has a very catchy rhythm. Here is an excerpt:
“Con mi burrito sabanero, voy camino de Belén.
Con mi burrito sabanero, voy camino de Belén.
Si me ven, si me ven
Voy camino de Belén.
Si me ven, si me ven
Voy camino de Belén.”
Adding another Christmas carol to our list, “Ay del Chiquirritín” is a gem of Spanish Christmas music. This song, full of tenderness and devotion, immerses us in the magic of Christmas. Here is a part of the carol:
“Ay del chiquirritín, chiquirriquitín,
Metidito entre pajas.
Ay del chiquirritín, chiquirriquitín,
Queridín, queridito del alma.”
Another classic that can't be missing in your Christmas list of Spanish carols is "Los peces en el río". The title means the fishes in the river and the lyrics narrate the atmosphere around the virgin Mary and baby Jesus. Here is one verse:
“Pero mira cómo beben los peces en el río,
Pero mira cómo beben por ver al Dios nacido.
Beben y beben y vuelven a beber
Los peces en el río por ver a Dios nacer.”
This song transcends borders and invites us to celebrate Christmas with joy and good wishes. This Christmas carols is called "Feliz Navidad", which means Merry Christmas.
Here is a part of this song in Spanish:
“Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad,
Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad.
A todos quiero desearles siempre
Felicidad, es un gran presente
Es el momento de que gocemos
Mucha paz, vengan a cantar.”
Finally, a song that encourages everyone who sings it and whose verses are a festive call that you cannot overlook. This carol "A Belén, pastores", which title means “To Bethlehem, shepherds”, has its origin in the 18th century.
This is one of its verses:
“A Belén pastores, a Belén chiquitos,
que ha nacido el Rey de los angelitos.
Los pastores de Belén, todos juntos van por leña,
para calentar al Niño que nació en la Nochebuena.”
These are just a few of the many Spanish Christmas carols that exist. With these songs and rhythms, you can fill your home with the Christmas spirit and learn a little more about Spain and its culture.
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