Off topic: Christmas is in the air...
Thread poster: Anne Diamantidis
| | Kaltya
Local time: 13:27
English to Spanish
| Christmas is in the air la la la laaa || Dec 3, 2007 |
Well well.. yes... It smells like Christmas time!
Nice lights in every street, Christmas trees in every shop... guys playing the role of Santa in big high stores...
I also have bought many little lights to get involvedDD to have a nice atmosphere at my bedroom
Well the most important day in my family is the morning of the 22nd because is the day were the lottery price is given (so I may be rich in 20 days!!!!), the night of the 24th where I have dinner with my parents and one of my grandmas. This night my mum is all day long cooking for us, (we, of course, help her) and we usually eat every year scallops, lobster, crayfish, shrimps...etc. ---> nice seafood!!!ñam ñam ñammmmm!!! with some soups (mushroom, pumpkin, etc.) and after that, we have as dessert, typical Spanish things like: polvorones, turrón de almendras, yemas, higos secos, ...etc. (if you go to Spain in this season, you must buy this!!!!)
The lunch of the 25th, my uncles and cousins also come to our house to have lunch and after that get the Christmas gifts (it's the best part of the day, we have lots of fun!!!). We usually eat fish, like two different kinds of fish and some other seafood. My mum also include a big range of French (speciallly), Spanish, Dutch, and some other European types of cheese (we are a fan family of cheese!!!!) and drink tea or coffee. During the lunch we have water or a nice red or white wine (I love white wine!!!!).
The other big night is new years eve, where we eat some veggies and seafood, and the typical desserts from Spain jajajajja (We eat a lot... I know...that's the point at Christmas) and as we have the ring bells on we eat a grape for each ring bell till 12 and if you are able to eat all of them without choking, you will have a lucky year))) Most of the times I achieve it but we my mouth full of unchewed grapes (I know, lovely) and then we celebrate the new year with champagne or the Spanish cavaPPP
Well here you are Your turn!
¡¡¡Feliz Navidad a todos!!!! and good luck for those who have exams!!!!
| | Kaltya
Local time: 13:27
English to Spanish
| Christmas in Spain || Dec 4, 2007 |
Ola Kaltya !
Thanks for your interesting post ! When I was learning Spanish in High School, the teacher told us that Christmas in Spain was a bit particular - the gifts are offered in January for King's Day. Is that true, or is it an old-fashioned tradition that tends to disappear ?
| Camels don't eat leaves || Dec 4, 2007 |
The Kings tradition is one of my favorite, so I'll drop in with some stuff about that and an anecdote
In my family, the “Kings” tradition has always been somewhat stronger than Santa's. Not that we did not get our presents on Christmas day, but the biggest stuff came on the 6th of January, the day of the “Reyes Magos”,that in English would literally be the “Magic Kings” tough “Wise Kings” is mostly used -which in a way sounds more sensible, as the combination of magic and biblical characters is, at least, curious.
Now, these Kings, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar, look after all children of the world, task they apparently continued ever since they warned baby Jesus he was in danger, and they come from Orient, so naturally they travel on camels. On the night of the 5th of January they tour the world in their camels giving presents to the children that behaved well (the “behave well” part I suspect was not in the Bible). Apparently, the Kings got some second hand camels, as they need to eat and drink at every stop they make, so together with the pair of shoes that you have to leave outside the house (so that the Kings know you live there), it is the custom to put some and water and grass for the camels.
On one 5th of January, I must have been 5 or 6, it was late already and I was preparing everything for the magic guests with my father. So we put the shoes, the bucket with water and for the food for the camels my father went out in his pijamas and grabbed some leaves from the tree at our front door. 'But leaves! Camels don't eat leaves! It has to be grass!!' I started 'If we put leaves instead of grass they will not give me the bicycle!' . We lived in the center of the city and had no garden, so there was no grass around. My parents insisted that it was the same or even better, as they probably would find leaves tastier being bored with all the grass they would be getting in other kids' houses. But I did not want to hear about these new theories on camels eating habits, so my father, that was an angel, had to get dressed and walk in the middle of the night to the closest square and come back with a handful of grass, that he himself would be throwing away in a couple of hours!
The next day, I had my bike and was very much satisfied with the camels having found the grass so delicious that they had eaten it all.
'See, camels don't like leaves'
| Cities' trees || Dec 23, 2007 |
Hi there !
I found some pictures of the most beautiful and impressive Christmas trees in France and thought I could share some of them with you !
These pics are available on the French website L'Internaute Magazine : www.linternaute.com/actualite/les-plus-beaux-sapins-de-noel/les-plus-beaux-sapins-de-noel.shtml
A sample of their collection of trees :
Here's the tree of the famous giant department store in Paris, Galeries Lafayettes :
And that's the cute Christmas tree of Disneyland Paris (25 m high !) :
Mind you, we saw a highest one at the ProZ.com Dortmund Conference 3 weeks ago - the giant tree is right in the middle of the Christmas markets, and this one is really really high ! You can see the pictures among the photos of the German Conference - here's the link to the forum : http://www.proz.com/topic/91064
CheerZ and merry Christmas,
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