Felices fiestas! Last week I had the opportunity of celebrating Christmas with my Galician family. As much as I love living in Spain, I have come to realize that being away from family during the holidays, birthdays/big celebrations, etc. will never get easier. To combat the homesickness, I took the advice of my dear friend, Lindsay and baked up a storm all the while listening to Christmas playlists on Spotify. As cheesy as it may seem, it was literally the best way to handle the homesickness.
Christmas in Spain
Christmas here isn’t as popular as it is in the United States. Spaniards typically celebrate Los Reyes Magos which falls on January 6th. Before going to bed, children leave their shoes out for the Reyes, and wake up to find gifts left behind.
During the holidays, La Loteria de Navidad is HUGE. I didn’t participate in it, however, Fernando did. I was extremely amused watching Fer as they called out the winning numbers on TV. To his disappointment, we did not win el gordo.
Christmas in Santiago
The weeks prior to Christmas, I admired the beautiful decorations and lights set around the city.
On Christmas, we made our way over to Fernando’s aunt house for an amazing Christmas dinner. Although I missed my typical Mexican tamales, rice, and beans with my family, I absolutely loved all the marisco (necoras, percebes and mejillones) and Albariño!