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03 Dec 2008 18:30 #1109386167 by Amparo
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Hello everyone:) !
I also seems to be a good idea:cheer: , what happens is that in my case, I have not been able to write anything because I'm having a very hard week in my work, so in addition to arrive home very late:blink: , I get very tired:S .
But do not worry that once you take a moment count for something which is done in Spain and normally what I do in my house.
I love Christmas:woohoo: and decorum throughout my home with many red ribbons and colored lights...:) (to be continued;)).
Amparo from Spain.:kiss:
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03 Dec 2008 20:00 #1109386169 by dchakko
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Dear Amparo,
I look forward to hearing about Christmas in Spain! I am retired, so have plenty of time for writing!

I will tell you about Christmas in Southern India. My husband belongs to the Syrian Orthodox Christian faith, descended from Indian brahmins and Jews who were converted by St. Thomas about 2000 years ago- so a very ancient church. What they do is hang a big paper star outside the house for decoration (3D- sort of an origami type thing). Another decoration is a peeled banana tree trunk (very glossy)with candles all up and down it (or sometimes electric lights, which are not as pretty as candles). Christmas morning, after church, there is a big meal featuring a special Christmas chicken curry made with coconut milk, with delicious sweet rice pancakes. There is fruit cake for desert. In the evening are fireworks. There is no gift exchange as such, although it is common to have new clothes for the occasion.

I myself am American, so here Christmas is more materialistic, with lots of gifts, Santa, Christmas tree, plenty of lights inside and out, big meal, etc. I love to sing carols and visit my friends. My son and daughter-in-law will come home for Christmas, only her second one in the states. I can hardly wait.

I hope we will hear from other Nat fans about their customs.

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07 Dec 2008 16:57 - 07 Dec 2008 16:59 #1109386210 by webmistress
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Daer all,

Thanks so much for all your wishes & greetings. You all have a great festive season, all the very best wishes to you and your loved ones. Great to see that so many already did post to that special thing for Nat. Make sure not to miss your opportunity - I know who's going to read that one very closely ;) Ho Ho HO!°



Cheerios!

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08 Dec 2008 21:20 - 09 Dec 2008 05:40 #1109386231 by Amparo
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Hi Dchakko:) ! I'm here again;) !

Well, try to explain the tradition of Christmas in Spain, or what until a few years ago we were used to celebrate.
In the normal December 8 we have the habit of riding the birth of the Portal of Bethlehem.
On December 8 is celebrated Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and with this party started to celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ. The Bethlehem my family (unfortunately now only left my sister and I) is represented by small figures that illustrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In addition to the portal with Mary, St. Joseph the baby Jesus, the mule and the ox, and the three Wise Men worshiping the child. We have figures of shepherds grazing their sheep, women spin wool, farmers who grow wheat, bakers who cooked bread. And as for us we love animals, we have dogs, cats, horses, camels, donkeys, goats, chickens, ducks, geese, even snails (which are as large as the shepherds , the snails must be some Jurassic:laugh: ).
Besides the houses adorned with colored lights, garlands, and also with silver and gold.

Lately we've added the fashion of other countries to put red ribbons (which I love) and put the Christmas tree, I like this too much, but I have to admit that this is :blush: not typical Spanish.

On the night of December 24 evening to celebrate a Mass is the Mass of the Rooster, this year I'm going to have the honor (God willing) to be one of the readers of the Mass that night, I had the good fortune to be chosen at that time.
On the evening of 24, children go out into the streets in groups and go from house to house singing carols and asking for candy and money, this is what is called the "bonus" "in spanish say "Aguinaldo", is something akin to what children do on Halloween, but without giving:blink: scares:laugh: .
That night also met the families to dine together at home, and I think that is abused much of the food:S . But in reality it is very beautiful:) .
Concerning the presents, our tradition is to be made on January 6, which is the "epiphany of Lord," was the point at which the three wizards of the East came to worship the baby Jesus and offered him gold, frankincense and myrrh ".
What happens now is that here in Spain we have also taken the American custom, and the poor Santa Claus, will now also be given a tour of Spain;) , also to make gifts to children in Spain. So, here they have them competing for toys:lol: , the Three Wise Men and Santa Claus, but after all, I think they have reached an agreement and now work together.
Well, I think this has been more than enough, I do not want more tire:blush: .
Merry Christmas to all and are very happy.
Amparo.:kiss:
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