Christmas Is Softer In Spain

Xmas in Barcelona, Spain

Xmas in Barcelona, Spain

By Nancy Todd

Christmas in Spain whispers in, not with the shout that takes place in the United States. There is no demarcation day like Thanksgiving when stampedes charge the stores. Few Santas, sleighs, or elves run about. A gentle bustle is on the streets minus the franticness.

Most of the shop windows are not dressed in Christmas finery until the second week in December.  Some never have the Christmas look.There is little red and green décor. One sees orange and brown, green and brown, and lots of gold ribbons, wrappings, and swirly things.

Silver and black are common Christmas colors.   Add to this color theme varying sizes of mirrored disco balls.  Long live disco .  Black and white feathers fluff in spheres, hanging garlands, and at the feet of mannequins. I am hoping the feathers come from pigeons. I hear little of the drone of Christmas carols in every store.  However, I teared up in one store as Frank Sinatra sang a slow “Jingle Bells.”  I will miss my family and friends in the States for the holidays.

Let us know what you experienced at Christmas in Spain.


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