Thursday, December 25, 2008
11 ~ Christmas in Canarias
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A Christmas tree marks the festive season, as it stands beside an antique grape press at a garden centre in the north of Tenerife. Blue skies are prevalent on this December 24th and temperatures are mild, while northern countries have snow and winter conditions.
I found two brass camels in a second hand shop in Canada one year so I have been using them as part of the holiday decor in my front hallway. However I'm still looking for a third, matching camel so they can represent the Three Kings, or the Three Wise Men, who will arrive here on January 5th.
Spanish children receive their gifts after the Kings, often mounted on camels and bearing gifts, arrive with a celebration parade through the towns.
The Three kings arriving in Madrid last year...
Images from TVE television:
The next day, January 6th, is a national holiday when children are seen playing in the streets with their new bicycles, dolls and electronic toys, brought by the Three Kings.