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Christmas at Sagrada Familia

11 Fun Christmas Activities for Kids in Barcelona 2017

You’re in Barcelona, and you want Christmas. And that warm, toasty feeling of seeing your kids giggle when they get candy from the caga tió. Or when they squeal when they hand their handwritten letter

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Balthazars of Spain, stop doing blackface.

I’m always curious to see what kinds of blackface I’m going to come across around Three Kings’ Day. So many blackface Balthazars make their appearance at kids’ schools and Three Kings’ Day

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How to Care For Your Caga Tió (Catalan Pooping Christmas Log)

If you want presents on Christmas Eve, you’ve gotta do some work: Give your caga tió some tender lovin’ care. And if you’ve never heard of him… The caga tió is a log with a face on it. And

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Magical Christmas Activities in Barcelona

Bon Nadal, Bones Festes! Every December I tell myself, “I want the full Christmas experience in Barcelona!” I want to get in the holiday mood, indulge myself in the festivities, feel that special

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American Goods I Bring Back to Spain (and Foods I Make)

A few months ago, I sat down with my family to chow down on our routine weekend breakfast — homemade pancakes. I tipped over my bottle of American-imported maple syrup only to see a few piddly drops

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Barcelona’s Non-Traditional Nativity Scene: Yay or Nay?

My family and I arrived at Plaça Sant Jaume to check out an awesome annual Christmas tradition in Barcelona. That would be the city’s official pessebre vivent, or living Nativity scene. It’s usually

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Handmade Love at Museu Marítim

 It was a long two days. I had two kids at home with crusty eyes and goopy snot coming out of their noses. I was the official booger wiper, mess cleaner,

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Christmas Market at the Sagrada Familia

Spain is a late-to-bed, late-to-rise kind of country. There are times when you can take advantage of this — especially when trying to enjoy crowded events

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The Caganer, Another Catalan Christmas Crapper

This post was updated on December 19, 2017. We’re in a poopy mess here these holidays. Here’s a curious Catalan tradition that has to do with the act of defecation (other than the caga tió).

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Caga Tió, A Crapping Christmas Icon

He’s a defecating log with an exuberant smile on his face. And he brings holiday joy to Catalan children every Christmas. I don’t really quite remember the exact moment when I heard about the

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