Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Feliz New Year

Feliz Año Nuevo, or Happy New Year for non Spanish speakers.

Many of you are sliding back into your routines, but the Christmas holidays haven't finished yet in Spain. We are now awaiting the arrival of the Three Wise Men on the 5th of January. Traditionally, children wouldn't get any presents on Christmas Eve in Spain, they'd get them on the 6th of January, brought by the 3 Kings on their camels. Many families are still faithful to this tradition, but Father Christmas has begun to creep into some houses here and sometimes shares the workload with the Kings.

In any case, this means that we are celebrating, eating and drinking during two weeks. By the end of it, many of us are pretty glad it's over. I think I need another holiday to get over the festivities. However, I do enjoy Christmas and part of me is sad when it ends so I'll try to make the most of this week before we're back into our daily routines. And most importantly, I'll build up on the calories before I say goodbye to them.

I hope this year is full of writerly and personal success for all of us and I hope we can share and celebrate them together.


  1. Wish we were still celebrating Christmas holidays here. Guess I'll have to go to Spain. Though I'm still eating like mad! Time to do some dancing exercise, eh... :)

    Yes. Hope 2011 brings us all the very best in our writing and personal lives.


  2. Here's a traditional Scottish toast for you, Sarah. Here's tae us. Who's like us? Gaey few and they're aw deid!

  3. Happy New Year to you too! I love Christmas too, but I'm glad to see the back of it by now. Although we've still got the tree up, it's my husand's birthday on the fifth and he hates it when we're stripping the house of decorations on his special day.

  4. Spain's got some great ideas! Enjoy the rest of your holidays and many good wishes heading your way for a fabulous new year. :)

  5. I love that idea of the 3 Kings bringing presents but I'm not surprised that Santa has crept in. Hope you manage the additional calorie overload! Happy new year.

  6. I feel a story coming on: how the Three Kings feel about Santa muscling in on their franchise...

    I love that you celebrate Twelfth Night in Spain. It's a shame that it's not celebrated here in the UK. It's normally such a sad day here, when all the decorations have to come down and everything looks drab and empty for a while.

    Enjoy your extra celebrations & Blwyddyn Newydd Dda to you and your family!

  7. Happy New Year! Enjoy the rest of your celebrations! x

  8. Ooh yes, I know what you mean about needing a rest from the festivities--mostly it's my liver that's complaining. And my waistline. Usually by New Year I'm kind of in need of a rest (am I like really old, or what?). Still, next year I'll have forgotten!

  9. It sounds a good idea, although I have to confess, I was itching to ghet our decorations down on 1st Jan so I'm not sure I would have lasted!

    Happy New Year to you


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