Lost but now it is found
Big sigh of relief!! I thought I had lost it!
I was so happy to find Gracie's snowflake which I couldn't find last year when rapidly setting up my Christmas tree the day before Christmas Eve. This year as I have all the time in the world I was determined to find it.I searched high and low among the boxes and bags which I use for the Christmas decorations and finally I found it scrunched up in a corner of a box. I have washed it and blocked it and it looks as pretty as a picture. Gracie from One Saylor's Log sent this to me in the Snowflake swap we shared back in 2012.
"I found it Gracie and as you can see from these photos taken today it is there on my tree once again 🌲😁"
Christmas with a few differences.
Understandably every country celebrates Christmas in their own way .In the case of Spain the religious influence is very evident throughout. Spain is traditionally a country of Nativity scenes more than Christmas trees.
|The Nativity Scene set up in the town of Villena, Alicante province.|
I have in the past posted about the different customs here but there are a few other customs the Spanish enjoy over Christmas and are very much a part of their culture too.
The National Christmas Lottery
Millions of Spaniards buy a lottery ticket or two, all eager to try their luck to win the big jackpot, known as El Gordo (which literally means “the fat one”). If you’re thinking that the Spanish Christmas lottery seems to be a much bigger deal than most other lotteries you’re familiar with, you’re not wrong.One important thing about this lottery and the reason why it is so popular is that it is shared. It becomes very much a family affair, one coupon can be bought per family and each member of the family pays their part of the coupon. Businesses or groups of friends also do the same they buy a cupon which is divided out between all, again each person paying their share. Everyone is glued to the TV on 22nd December to hear who has won the first prize which is "The Fat One"
I have just checked my two lottery coupons and we weren't lucky this year but that is the way it goes. Next year we will try our luck again!😁
The sweet stuff
|Pastelitos de Gloria|| |
Delicious Gloria cakes,full of marzipan.
|Roscon de Reyes|
The traditional sweet roll with little gifts inside eaten on the Night of the three Kings...Twelfth Night.
Turron (nougat) famous the world over. I even saw it for sale in Brisbane when I was visiting my sister in Australia.
Sr P absolutely loves it and always buys for Christmas.
It has to be of course the traditional "Cocido" main meal chicken soup which is served on Christmas Day. I posted about this dish way back in 2014. You can see the recipe for it here.
Ms Christmas Angel:
She continues to be with us. She was sent to me by a friend in the UK about 10 years ago. You can read more about her here in this post I wrote in 2015. She does look a little worn after all this time so I have cleaned her up cut off some of the straggles and added a new sparkling halo (I cut if off an old Christmas card ages ago and kept it thinking it would come in use ...and it has!)
The Christmas spirit
wishing you all peace,health and happiness.
and at the same time I am posting this very christmassy photograph of Minehead, my home town in England.
|Church steps up to St.Michael's Church,Minehead,Somerset,England|