The clocks have long changed, the trees are turning into their autumn reds and yellows but the sun is still shining and we’re still wearing shorts and t-shirts so it comes as a surprise to see the streets bedecked with Christmas lights and Christmas classics playing in all the shops!
For those of us who have moved here from somewhat whiter and colder climates. The sudden appearance of Christmas comes as a shock. In Spain, Christmas starts, as in much of Europe at some point in the first week of December, with toy adverts on the televisions and streets glowing with lights. Malaga city is a must visit renowned for its spectacular lights winding around the cities old streets. In Marbella, as in much of Spain, Christmas is a time for family, for religion and above all, lots and lots of festivities. Although the three kings “Reyes” is the more traditional Spanish Christmas celebration, the Spanish have eagerly embraced the more European Christmas, leading to two solid weeks, of holidays, eating, presents and lots of celebration. Starting with Christmas eve on the 24th (Christmas day the 25th is not officially celebrated in Spain) where the big dinner is enjoyed and presents exchanged, the celebrations continue past New Year’s Eve (Noche Vieja) and onto the evening before Epiphany, on the night of January 5, when the Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings' Parade) takes place in every town and city, with hundreds upon hundreds of people crowding the main roads of the urban settlements in order to get a glimpse of the re-enactment of the arrival of the Three Kings into town. The festivities draw to a close on the 6th of January (Reyes). The Butterfly Residential Team would like to take this opportunity to wish all of its clients a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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