Christmas is coming...
Christmas is coming!….I can feel it in the streets, now dressed in red with the typical Christmas lights, trees, plants and all those Santa Claus standing for the whole day in front of every big store entrance. Kids are dying for the Christmas Day to come and find their desired presents under the Christmas tree or into the stocking…
Santa Claus hasn’t been known in Spain for very long. That tradition was picked up from Europe and, above all, from the USA and their influence through the TV and films. Here what is really traditional are The Three Wise Men. They supposedly come on camels on January 5.That evening in every city take place a “cabalgata”. It’s a parade of floats symbolizing the coming of the Three Wise Men to Bethlehen, but the religious meaning has been forgotten. At that right night they get in every house and leave the presents beautifully wrapped. However, to get those gifts is advisable to leave a glass of milk for the camels, and some biscuits for the three kings, and if you do so, the next morning you’ll discover that there’s no milk or biscuits left, the window is a bit opened and the presents are there. It’s said that if a boy or a girl has been naughty, he or she will get only coal as a gift, but it’s a sweet coal suitable for eating :).
Apart from dressing the Christmas tree, in Spain it is traditional to have a belén at home for Christmas. It’s a nativity scene that contains figures representing the Holy Family, animals, the shepherds and the Three Wise Men. Every town and city has also a belén viviente, in which real people are playing the characters (I’ve also seen it in US films). Both kinds of belenes are all around.
The bad side is that nowadays a lot of people seem to have lost the Christmas spirit. Take a look in any shopping centre. For them Christmas is their golden time. They are crowded with people carrying more bags than fingers they have. From my point of view, it’s a direct consequence of the consumer society in with a lot of people (including me) have grown up. Some people have no sense of moderation when it comes to spending money. Here, everybody wants to be who has the best car, the best dress, the best shoes, etc….and, of course, who gives the best gifts just to show off. I think any present has to come from one’s heart and not only from one’s pocket.
It has all come into my mind because yesterday evening I 'tried' to go for a walk to one of that shopping centre. There aren’t many choices, since all the cinemas, many fun centers and restaurants are in them. So, everyone ends up going there. Personally, I prefer to go out for a walk and get some fresh air. However, in countries where it’s too cold out, it’s more convenient to be in.
Yes, you are right. Elche is that place. Actually, it surprises me a lot that you know Elche because it isn’t as touristic as Alicante. I don’t pretend to seem meddling, but what is your connection with Alicante? Have you been here on holidays or just on a business trip?
“El quinto pinto” is literally translated “the fifth pine tree”, as you mentioned. I tried to express the Spanish idiom into an English way. I know it’s very difficult to express the context, but incredibly there’re many similarities between English and Spanish idioms. It’s curious how these idioms have a history behind. The same happens with plenty of everyday expressions or words. For example (literally translated) : “to be a fittipaldi” means to drive at a high speed and carelessly; “to be in the Ubeda hills” means to go off as a tangent.
Upss! I’ve noticed that I wrote the wrong preposition. The right one is ‘to’…. A brief introduction to….. I always try not to translate literally from Spanish, but sometimes I do it unconsciously.
I’ve surfed the Net looking for info about the town you live in. I’m really curious about discovering new places and also I’m a beach lover. I’ve found that beaches there are incredible, and almost wild. Here we have good ones, the “untouched” ones, thanks to the fact that they were protected by the government years ago. If not, nowadays it would be impossible to find wild beaches, due to the high rate of construction that directly affects our coast lines. The so called land speculation, I suppose.
Now, my answers to the question that you proposed me are:
I’d appreciate it if you could help me with my research
I’d like you to help me with my research
I hope you can help me with my research
I wish you could help me with my research
I’d be grateful if you could help me with my research
Jonathan, I think that I see what’s wrong with that sentence….The good one would be:
”At first I thought I’d never be able to achieve it” . Is it now right?
That's all for now!
See you tomorrow,
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