Feliz Navidad y Feliz Año Nuevo 2021!

Every year, the week after Thanksgiving, Jordi and I begin decorating Casa Magnolia, top to bottom, inside and out, for Christmas. It normally takes us two weeks to get the 20+ trees decorated and the rest of the house adorned, so it’s a ton of work. Usually I am gung-ho (I love that expression, lol - i.e. overly enthusiastic and eager), but this year was different. I was totally bah humbug!

With the devastating invasion of COVID-19, this would be the first year since 1997 that we would not have guests or family in our house during the holiday season. I didn’t see any sense in putting all the effort into decorating for just Jordi and myself. But then our son decided he was coming from Utah to spend Christmas with us for three weeks. It would be his first Christmas home since 2016, when we became empty nesters and he moved to Madrid, Spain. What a blessing! Now I had a reason to celebrate and decorate and bake!

So it’s January 6th, Epiphany, and we’re sitting around the fire this evening, grateful for the time we have been so blessed to share as a family this year in spite of everything. We got to talking about how fun it has been to celebrate not only the American holiday traditions, but also those of Spain and the region of Cataluña, where Jordi’s family is from.

I think you might find some of these traditions really interesting, so I’m going to share them with you in the future. See you soon.


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