Christmas in Madrid 1

Of course I write “1” because I cannot imagine I’ll be summing this up in just a few sparse lines.  It’s December 12, right smack in the middle of the Christmas season.  Right?  Well, partly.  I wouldn’t quite go that far.  We’ve still got a long way to go.  All the way till January 6th, I’ll have you know. 

It wasn’t always like that in Madrid.  Before things were a great deal calmer in the days leading up to Christmas.   But in the past ten years, the capital has witnessed a transformation that has become the result of a fusion of what in reality is two yuletide traditions: advent and the twelve days of Christmas. 

Madrid and much of Spain for that matter has brought them together and the final result is some six weeks of merriment that end up nearly killing the jolly soul in each one of us!  But we’ll get there little by little.

Off we go!

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