I did, however, get to eat and drink more than I thought was humanly possible. And I got to see the ugliest Christmas lights ever. At first they looked like bats to me, and I thought "WTF? Christmas bats?"
But then I was told that they were inspired by a Velázquez painting called Las Meninas:
I don't know, what do you think? Does this look like the girls in the painting?
In any case, these menina-lights don't seem too Christmassy to me. Personally, I favor a more traditional snowflake or poinsettia motif for my Christmas lighting, but I'm just weird that way.
Anyway, Chrismas came and went, in spite of the odd lights, and now I'm home and connected again, and the holidays are over...well, almost. You've heard that thing about how "It ain't over til the fat lady sings."? Well, in Spain, the Christmas season isn't over until the Three Wise
The 6th just happens to be the traditional day for presents here in Spain, but many people have incorporated Santa into their lives...probably because they got tired of waiting so long to get their goodies. And us, well, we are weird. So, being the strange people that we are, we do our presents on New Year's Day. Why? Well, we just like to be different. Okay, not really. It just happens that we're usually home on New Year's and so it works out better for us.
So, all we've got left to celebrate now is this:
The Roscón de Reyes. This is supposed to be eaten on the morning of the 6th, and it contains a small surprise that is supposed to bring good luck to the person who finds it. It also has a large bean baked into it, and tradition dictates that whoever gets it has to pay for the Roscón.
But we won't be waiting for the 6th on this one either. The same thing that's happening to all the holiday decorations is also happening to the roscón, and now you can find them earlier and earlier each year. It used to be impossible to find one before January 4th, but this year the bakeries were full of them on the 2nd. That's fine by me, because I just love me a good Roscón. So I bought one for an early celebration today.
Now just let me whip out a bottle of bubbly to go with it...and maybe then I'll be able to get the image of those Christmas bats out of my head.