Posts Tagged ‘Christmas traditions’

 

Posted on December 16th, 2012 by by Theresa

Confessions of a jamón-eating “vegetarian”

I’m not really a back-sliding vegetarian as I’ve never given up fish. In Spain, though, not eating meat is pretty close to being one; a vegetarian that is. What really marked me out as a ‘veggie’ over the years was my baffling refusal to eat Serrano ham – especially the premium quality stuff cured from […]

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Posted on December 21st, 2011 by by Theresa

Spanish Christmas Customs 4 – The Big Bun

Roscón de Reyes “Mm, look what I’ve bought,” says Francisco every January 5, thrusting under my nose a giant ring-shaped bun with a few bits of red and green candied peel stuck on top and a plastic toy hidden somewhere inside for me to break a tooth on.  I fail to show much enthusiasm  . […]

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Posted on December 20th, 2011 by by Theresa

Spanish Christmas Customs 3 – the villancico

Villancico The Spanish word for Christmas carol has its origin in the old Castilian word villano, meaning ‘villager’ – as opposed to noble or squire. During the 15th and 16th centuries the villancico was a jolly sort of song-and-dance knees up for country folk, and it was only in the following centuries that the songs […]

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Posted on December 8th, 2011 by by Valerie

Who wants to be a caganer 2011

So here we go again, rolling out the Christmas stuff. Last year, you may recall, I got my act together enough to write a post about the caganer, and very popular and well-received it was. For newbies, or those too lazy to click on the old post to refresh their memories, the caganer is one […]

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Posted on November 29th, 2011 by by Valerie

December in Spain

If  you think that December is an ordinary working month with a bit of extra shopping and a few days off for Christmas, think again. Here, December is about as productive as August, when the whole of Spain grinds to a halt. You simply cannot expect to buy a house, get a new kitchen put […]

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