The Kings in Los Cancajos

Although Father Christmas does visit Spanish children, he’s a new arrival. Traditionally the presents arrive on the morning of January 6th, when the three kings visit baby Jesus. This is why the sales haven’t really started yet – Christmas isn’t over here. And on the evening of the 5th, they ride in procession through most of the major towns and villages in Spain. In previous years we’ve usually gone to…

January 5, 2011

Christmas Market in Santa Cruz de la Palma

One of the tall ships in Santa Cruz de La Palma last year For several years now, Santa Cruz de la Palma has hosted a Christmas market and a meeting of tall ships. This year, there are sadly no ships, but there’ll still be a flea market on Christmas morning, from 9 am to 2 pm. And a very Merry Christmas to all my readers. Here on La Palma, it’s…

December 24, 2009

Nativity Scenes

Christmas trees are a newish thing here, although probably most houses have one now. The main traditional decoration is nativity scenes. Some just show the stable, but some public ones are so elaborate that they include the whole village, and it’s always a Canarian village. Obviously that’s historically inaccurate, but no more so than all the English nativity scenes where Mary and Jesus are blond. This one was on display…

December 20, 2009

Muddle Christmas

First there was the job at short notice. Then there was the flu. Then there was the cough that wouldn’t let me sleep properly. As a result, Christmas preparations got done as I flew by various shops, without any proper overall planning. And amazingly, it pretty much worked. True, there was almost no butter for the brandy sauce, so I made it with a little olive oil and added a…

December 27, 2008

An Unusual Christmas Tree

The Christmas decorations are up in Santa Cruz, and most of the villages too. I particularly liked this Christmas “tree” outside a shop on the main street in Santa Cruz. It’s made from the dead flower stalk of an agarve plant.

December 16, 2008