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Our first Spanish Christmas

20171217_103408_editedN.B.  A local creative artist built this traditional Christmas decoration, it’s used instead of a tree.

This time of year can create such an extreme reaction in people, from glee to rolling of the eyes, I am somewhere in between.  Depending on what is happening on the day it can lean towards one or the other, rarely dead centre.

Do you think Christmas was much more fun as a child?.  Well, I do.  Not sure when that feeling changed.  


At this point, I need to state we have certainly enjoyed our time with loved ones over the years.  This time of the year, the reality of now and the treasured memories of our childhood seem to clash.  The festive season as an adult seems to be so overly commercialised full of people being stressed, spending way too much money not to mention the overindulgence of food and maybe a tipple or two of whatever takes your fancy.  Goodness me, I do sound like The Grinch!!

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a bit more” Dr Suess.


It is also a time of the year when I question for a second or two our decision to be fulltime nomads/housesitters.  Aren’t we supposed to be at home?  Surrounded by friends and family?  Isn’t that the way it should be?  This year will be another one where we will be spending it away from New Zealand.  We are still enjoying our nomadic lifestyle and won’t be changing it in a hurry, even though we do miss some familiar faces!

Which brings me to remember our first Christmas in Australia, as last year was our first overseas Christmas, in Brisbane, it was a special one as we spent it with the Squires brother and wife.


A small event, no family squabbles and no stress, just the way we like it.  For us, Christmas usually means creating happy memories with people who we care about whether this is family or friends.  This was the making of Christmas 2016 for us, catching up with family and friends living in Australia.  It was lovely to spend time chatting and sharing food in a covered outdoor setting.  We were somewhat lucky to have a temperature in the mid-20’s [cooler for this time of year]  on Christmas day, which made sitting outside a pleasant experience.  This year it will be a little less warm and in a different country enjoying our new lifestyle as housesitters.

Other takes on the Festive Season:

Santa Claus lived in Turkey

In some European cultures, Christmas starts to be celebrated on Christmas Eve, presents opened and the traditional viewing of a movie called,

 Dinner for one

What is so fascinating about this film is that it’s made in the UK, with many English people having no idea about it, or it’s popularity and the fact that viewing it, is a family tradition for some in many parts of Europe.

So where are we going to be for Christmas this year?


In Spain enjoying the company of our best friend, each other, by the beach,

looking after a dog called Fudge.  BLISS!

Have yourself a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year 2018.



70 thoughts on “Our first Spanish Christmas”

  1. I have had several Christmases in other countries, having grown up moving around… Including Australia for the last 4 years 🙂 Never Spain though! This year we are in the US Northeast Wisconsin… first snowy Christmas in many years!

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  2. Looking forward to hearing about your Spanish Christmas. I spent a Christmas in Australia years ago (backpacking) and we had a BBQ it was so different from home but I loved it. Home is Canada so temperature alone was well……what can I say as I head out the door today at minus 4. Happy Holidays.

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  3. Thanks Arv, yes this time of the year is not celebrated by everyone, and is recognised with varying different traditions. Spain is very much Christian, and the festive decorations etc reflect this. The spiral back in NZ signifies birth, a new life, the Maori word for it is Koru.

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  4. Although Christmas is meant to be celebrated at home with friends and family…in traditional way but sometimes new places give you a different perspective.
    I loved that paisley pattern on Christmas tree. First of its kind!

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