‘The Christmas Books’

DICKENS, Charles: The Christmas Books — A Christmas Carol · The Chimes · The Cricket on the Hearth. London: Penguin Books, 1994. ‘Along with The Chimes and The Cricket on the Hearth, A Christmas Carol celebrates the joys of the festive season. Each of these books is politically provocative and aims to stimulate the reader’s…

And so this is Christmas (again)

My news feed on Facebook is full of Christmas pictures and everybody seems to be having some great holidays but me. So, let’s go with the flow. In theory, a proper Christmas involves decorating the house. There were four lonely baubles from last year at home, but there was no tree. That’s when you appreciate…

Go compare Christmas

When you celebrate Christmas in a different country go compare! That’s what happens when a Catalan spends his Christmas holiday in England. 24th Dec. In both England and Catalonia the birth of Jesus is celebrated at midnight in churches by fewer people every time. I guess that the most important thing is the expectation for…

Christmas-in-law

Do you remember that the last post ended with a clue of what I was doing for Christmas? The time has come to reveal the truth. If yowm saf enuff ter cum dahn ‘ere agooing wum, yowr tay ull be spile’t! Maybe you’ve already recognised this as the Black Country dialect from the West Midlands…

Christmas meals are back

Yesterday was the last day of school of this year and I’m sure lots of dinner parties were held around Catalonia. Since I woke up yesterday and until I went back to bed this morning, I was in constant celebration. At school the kids gave a Christmas concert using songs from Disney films with new…

Christmas and karma

Streets have been dressed up with lights for some weeks now, everybody is happy and nice because Christmas is coming and that’s how it’s supposed to be and choosing the best presents is the only thing that worries them. Christmas is a weird season. Goodness and love fill the air and nothing that happened before…

And so this is (still) Christmas

About nobody ever bothering creating a department or hiring someone to control the image of the underground of Barcelona or how the ones who should be doing this don’t care at all. Everybody knows that most of the public transport companies are not too worried about linguistics. If you know some other language apart from…

Father Christmas doesn’t exist; folders do

Christmas is almost over. Yesterday it was a special gift day in Spain and today we’re supposed to enjoy our presents. But you know I don’t really fancy them. Even though, I have to fight four magic gift phenomena. These phenomena are: the Three Wise Men from the East, Father Christmas, Olentzero and Tió. The…

The presents I want

Although I don’t like it and I’m not interested at all in it, it’s Christmas. Are the family meetings the thing I dislike? Well, using the privacy and secrecy that publishing on the Internet gives I’ll say that this is one of the reasons. But I can stand it. In fact, these meetings are even…