Ibiza Christmas, Spanish Traditions, Recipes, Christmas Crafts and Christmas View from the Pew

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Spanish Christmas

  • Nicole Torres
Noche Buena , Christmas Eve

Noche Buena is the most important of the Christmas fiestas for families. On this evening, the whole family gathers to celebrate together with a meal, drinks and lots of sweets. Food and family are the centrepieces of this fiesta, and the meal can last for hours. Although each region will have their favourite dishes for this special occasion, some ingredients will appear on the majority of tables across the country.

At such an important meal, Noche Buena wouldn’t be the same without some form of seafood to start. The most popular is the ‘langostino’, or king prawn or crayfish, and the price of these rockets weeks in advance. There may also be some kind of fish and seafood soup on the menu too.

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Ibiza Christmas, Spanish Traditions, Recipes, Christmas Crafts and Christmas View from the Pew

The main dish for this evening is generally roast lamb with potatoes, but some families may choose roast suckling pig, roast ‘capón’ (castrated fattened up cockerel) or even their roast turkey.

And the Christmas Eve meal wouldn’t be complete without the delicious sweets traditionally associated with this time of year. They include turrón (almond sweet), mazapanes (figures made from marzipan), polvorones (crumbly biscuits made from flour, lard and sugar) and mantecadas (crumbly cakes). In Ibiza there is also another tradition, drinking the Salsa de Nadal (Christmas Sauce) which is a sweet brownish almond hot drink which is served with the deserts.

After this meal, many families will attend their local midnight mass if they’ve finished eating by then!

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Ibiza Christmas, Spanish Traditions, Recipes, Christmas Crafts and Christmas View from the Pew

It is traditional to watch the King’s Christmas speech on Television.

Día de Navidad—Christmas Day

Christmas Day is not as important as it is in other countries, like the UK. Children may receive one or two presents, but this is just because of the influence of traditions from outside that portray Santa Claus as the giver of gifts. Although, the 25th of December is a national holiday where all the shops are closed and transport services are limited, if existent at all, this day is a calm and peaceful one where the highlight of the day might be a nice stroll or coffee in a bar.

Most families will have a big Christmas lunch.

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picture3Spanish Christmas Lottery – El Gordo

El Gordo, the Fat One, to most Spanish people, represents two things: the ex Brazilian footballer Ronaldo and, much more importantly, the Spanish Christmas Lottery.

There have been lotteries in Spain since the first was established by King Carlos III as far back as 1763. The first ‘Christmas edition’ of the lottery, officially called ‘Sorteo de Navidad’ was held in 1812 in the city of Cadiz with hopes of increasing state revenue for the public tax authority and has since been organized by the Spanish Public Administration. In 1814 the draw was held for the first time in Madrid, which has become the centre for Spanish National Lottery draws.

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The Spanish Christmas El Gordo Lottery numbers are drawn in a special way, much different than any other lottery in the world: students from the San Ildefonso School draw the results and sing them aloud to the public at the Lotería Nacional Hall of Madrid.

It was estimated last year that 98% of all Spanish adults participated in El Gordo, which meant that the total amount of the prize pool was an incredible 2.25 billion euros, which equates to 70% of the sales of tickets. The probability of picking up some sort of prize is about 15%, which makes it quite a worthwhile gamble in the scheme of things.

So, How Does El Gordo Work?

Tickets go on the sale from July onwards so it’s not necessary to make sure you’re in Spain for Christmas to be able to participate. The organizers clicked on to the idea that people on their holidays might have a bit of spare money or think that they were ‘feeling lucky’ because they were so relaxed and decided to exploit it. Anyway, with online sales now widely available you can buy anytime, wherever you are.

The tickets themselves are expensive. The good news is that you don’t have to buy a complete ticket. Most tickets are usually sold in decimos, (tenths). Some families have been playing the same numbers for decades passing them down through the generations.

Because of the phenomenal number of tickets sold, and because the tickets only have 5 digit numbers, there are quite a few winning tickets. Obviously, it’s quite common for families or work colleagues to club together to buy a ticket – or even regulars at a local bar. You’ll frequently see signs proclaiming ‘Jugamos con el numero’ … and inviting you to participate with them. This type of communal gambling can mean that whole villages or groups of workers can suddenly become wealthy. In 2005, the town of Vic, north of Barcelona, shared 500 million euros amongst its inhabitants.

However keen you might be to have a share of the winnings, you will almost certainly be close to despair should you ever have the misfortune to watch the draw itself on television. Or, even worse, listen to it on the radio. For between four and five hours every December 22nd, Televisión Española and Radio Nacional de España will enthral the nation by broadcasting the whole event live from Madrid where little boys and girls from the San Ildefonso School will draw out the wooden balls and sing the numbers out to the waiting world.

Quick Facts:
  • The lottery offers the largest prize pool in the world of 2.24€ billion.
  • 100,000 available pre-defined numbers, each containing a five-digit code ranging 00000-99999.
  • Each ticket is printed in 160 identical copies.
  • All tickets are made up of 10 shares which can be purchased separately.
  • 100,000 tickets x 160 copies x 10 shares = 160 million shares on the market!
  • 1:100,000 chances of winning the 4 million euros top prize – 160 jackpot ticket winners.
  • Winning odds start at 1:7 per prize.
  • The distribution of prizes, quantity of tickets and shares, and their prices may vary from year to year. In 2004, there were 66,000 different five-digit numbered tickets in 195 copies. In 2005, the number of tickets for sale was 85,000 which were offered in 170 copies. In 2011, there were 99,000 tickets printed in 160 copies. 
Winning El Gordo

The highest prize available is 4 million euros, with 1:100,000 chances of winning the top prize – 1,160 times better than the odds of winning the EuroMillions jackpot.

A player owning all ten shares of a 1st prize winning ticket is eligible to claim the 4 million euros jackpot prize. Lotería de Navidad will award a total of 640 million euros in jackpot prizes to the 160 tickets with the winning raffle code. It is expected that more than 27.5 million share holders will collect prizes from the 15,304 possible winning combinations in every ticket.

Serious Stuff

100,000 small wooden balls, each printed with a different 5-digit ticket number, are placed in one drum. A laser is used to mark numbers because paint could cause inconsistencies in the balls’ weight. The balls are all uniformly 19mm in diameter and weigh 3 grams each.

Be In It To Win It

To buy tickets online in English you can visit theLotter.com

Direct link http://bit.ly/ibizanlotto

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El Caganer, “The Crapper”, Explained

Have you ever studied a Local Nativity scene? The Belén, as it is called in Catalan,  will have the usual range of animals, shepherds and wise men sharing the stage with the main protagonists, but there is one cheeky chappie you wouldn’t expect to find. El Caganer is a figurine depicted in the act of defecation who is a mainstay of any self-respecting nativity throughout Catalonia and the neighbouring regions.

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The name “El Caganer” literally means “the crapper” or “the shitter”. Traditionally, the figurine is depicted as a peasant, wearing the traditional Catalan red cap (the “barretina”) and with his trousers down, showing a bare backside, and defecating.

In recent times El Caganer has taken on the role of social commentator, with each year bringing a new range of public figures from the world of politics, sport and entertainment doing just what the little fellow does best.

Though his use may be limited to Catalonia and its surrounding parts, (plus Naples for some reason), the inspiration for the model knows no such bounds. Brits a plenty include David Cameron the PM and representatives from all sides of the house. Such even handed satire gives us another reason to think our hosts have got it right in one more aspect of life. You have to vote for them, but be sure to have a laugh at their expense on an annual basis.

The exact origin of the Caganer is unknown, but the tradition has existed since at least the 18th century. According to the society Amics del Caganer (Friends of the Caganer), it is believed to have entered the nativity scene by the late 17th or early 18th century, during the Baroque period. An Iberian votive deposit was found near Tornabous in the Urgell depicting a holy Iberian warrior defecating on his falcata. This led to a brief altercation between the Institut d’Estudis Catalans and the Departament d’Arqueologia in the Conselleria de Cultura of the Generalitat de Catalunya as to whether the find can be regarded as a proto-caganer (which would place the origin of this tradition far earlier than previously thought) or just a representation of a pre-combat ritual. However old he is, we like him.

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Three Kings

  • Nicole Torres

January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany and the twelfth day of Christmas. It is when the Three Kings of the East arrived in Bethlehem and presented their gifts to the baby Jesus. For this reason, this is the most celebrated day for children and when they usually receive the bulk of their presents, which the Kings leave for them in their homes. The eve before, on 5th December, most towns hold processions with Gaspar, Melchor and Baltasar sitting atop their own float, greeting the town’s residents and throwing kilos of sweets to all the children.

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In the province of Granada, in the small town in Sierra Nevada, the Three Kings actually ski into the village, while in coastal regions like Ibiza they arrive by boat. Many parents often bribe their children into being good around this time of the year, with the threat that the Kings will leave them a piece of coal (made out of sugar) instead of any presents. And the day won’t be complete without something good to eat either. It is tradition to eat a Roscón de Reyes on this day, which is a doughy sweet roll shaped into a ring, inside it there is a small baby Jesus) or toy is hidden. Whoever ends up with the trinket is considered blessed and gets to wear the paper crown that comes with the Roscón. There is also a bean inside and whoever gets that is joked about and in some houses has to pay the Roscón!

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Traditional Christmas Pudding

  • Danny Ortega

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You will need a 1.2 litre pudding bowl and this will feed 8/10 people

  • Ingredients

110 grams of shredded suet (Atora original works well!)

110 grams of white bread crumbs

1 teaspoon of ground mixed spice

A few good rasps of freshly grated nutmeg…

225 grams of soft brown sugar

500 grams of sultanas , currents and raisins (what ever you can get hold of!)

100 grams of whole candied peel 

50 grams of chopped almonds (with or without skin!) 

1 cooking apple – chopped with or without skin (Granny Smith is perfect!) 

Zest of 1 large orange 

Zest of one large lemon

A good glug of dark rum or brandy!

150 ml Guinness 

2 large eggs

50 grams of self-raising flour (sifted)

  • Method

You need to start one day before you plan to steam your pudding…

Take a large bowl (one that will fit all the above ingredients) and add the suet , breadcrumbs, all the spices and the brown sugar … Mix these thoroughly.

Then add the dried fruit and candied peel and the nuts … Followed by the grated orange and lemon zest’s.

If like myself you get right into the Christmas spirit and have a glass of something whilst making the pudding then remember to cross the ingredients off as you go along so that nothing gets left out!

Next get a smaller bowl and add the eggs and all the booze and whisk together.

Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and give a good stir to incorporate…. Tradition says the whole family should have a mix and make a wish! 

I normally wish that the pudding is going to turn out ok on Christmas Day! 

The mixture should be fairly sloppy and should have a dropping consistency (drop from a spoon if held above the bowl) 

If you feel that the mixture needs more liquid, then add a drop of Guinness, if it’s fine drink the remaining stout! 

Cover the bowl with cling film and leave over night…. 

The next day sift in the flour and mix thoroughly…

Grease your pudding bowl with butter and pack the mixture into it… 

If your bowl doesn’t have a lid then make one with baking paper (make a fold down the middle to allow for expansion!) and a double layer of tin foil…

Tie some string around the rim and also across the top to form a good handle for lifting out the pud once steamed… 

  • Cooking

You now need to steam the pudding for 8 hours!

The best method is to get your biggest saucepan and put a upturned bowl at the bottom fill with water to just cover upturned bowl and sit pudding on top. Put a lid on the sauce pan and bring to the boil… Once boiling turn down to a simmer.

You will need to keep an eye on the water level and keep it topped up… You don’t want it to boil dry! 

Once steamed it can be kept somewhere cool and dry (fridge is fine) and can be ‘fed’ with rum or brandy once a week… 

  • On Christmas Day

Bring the same pan up to the boil with the upturned bowl inside and steam pudding for around 2 hours… 

I usually put the pan on to boil just before I serve Christmas dinner and it will be ready in good time…. Make sure you keep an eye on water levels during the 2 hours…

Remove pudding when you are ready to serve and take lid or baking paper off and put a pallet knife down the side of the bowl (to release the pud)…

Put a plate on top and cross your fingers! Upturn the plate and the pudding should release itself.

Now get a ladle and put some brandy or rum inside and heat it over the hob on a medium flame…

Once the booze is hot light it with a match or lighter and pour over the pudding….

Be careful whilst walking to the table ! 

Obviously I don’t have my usual picture to accompany this recipe as it won’t be unveiled before Christmas Day, but here’s one we made earlier as they say on Blue Peter. 

Merry Christmas everyone! 

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Polvorones

Rich, crumbly Polvorones are a delicious Spanish treat, found on every Christmas table.  This traditional recipe is as soft and crumbly as they come, they just about melt in your mouth! Prep Time: 20 minutes: Cook Time: 30 minutes

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  • Ingredients

1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour

3/4 cup almonds (raw)

5 oz. butter or margarine

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • Preparation

This polvorones recipe makes approximately 16 (2-inch round) cookies.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Measure and pour flour out onto a cookie sheet. Place in oven and “toast” the flour. Occasionally move the flour around on the sheet, so that it toasts evenly. Leave in oven for about 8 minutes. Remove and set aside.

Place raw almonds on another cookie sheet. Toast the almonds until they change color just slightly.

Remove and place almonds into a food processor. Process almonds until they are finely ground.

Reduce oven temperature to 250 degrees.

Cream butter, sugar and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour and finely ground almonds and continue mixing. The dough will be very crumbly!

Place a sheet of waxed paper on a cutting board or other flat work surface. Press the dough together to form a ball. Then press the dough onto the waxed paper. Carefully flatten it down to about 1/2 inch. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the cookies.

Use a small spatula to carefully move the cookies from the waxed paper to a cookie sheet for baking because the dough is very dry and flaky.

Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes at 250 degrees. Remove cookie sheet from oven and allow cookies to cool completely before removing them. Take special care not to break them.

  • Gluten Free & Diabetic

Alternatives for gluten free and/or sugar free Polvorones. This simple recipe can be easily converted to a healthier and gluten free alternative.

Gluten Free

Substitute the 1 1/2 cups of regular flour with one cup brown rice flour and 1/2 cup gluten-free waffle mix (or similar) flour.

The lack of gluten makes the dough even more dry and crumbly so I add four tbsp of water to the mixture to make it sticky enough to be able to form it into cookies.

Diabetic/Low Calorie

Substitute the sugar with 1 tsp of powdered Stevia or your favourite sugar substitute. The almond flavour seems to do a very good job of disguising the dreaded ‘saccharin’ aftertaste.

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Boxing Day Bubble n Squeak

Considered by some to be the best meal of the year, the boxing day bubble and squeak takes on a regal air compared to its non-festive inferior.

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  • Ingredients

Left over potatoes

Left Over sprouts

Left over stuffing

Left over everything

  • Preparation

Potatoes, sprouts and a bit of stuffing are the 3 kings which must be considered essential, but do not be afraid to throw anything and everything into the big bowl.

Mash it up, mash it up, mash it up good.

Fry.

Serve with eggs and bacon, bit of salt & pepper.

Jobs a good ‘un

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  • Carly S

I love Christmas. Always have. You can bah and humbug at me all you want, but I am that person making hand made cards and decorations in November and bouncing around like a child singing Christmas songs in my Santa hat from about mid December.
My excitement has increased even further with a little person who is starting to ‘get’ all the fuss to join me. She is at that wonderful age of coming out with new words every day and has added ‘snowman’ ‘Christmas’ ‘Father Christmas’ ‘snowflake’ ‘Christmas tree’ and ‘reindeer’ to her repertoire recently.
Last week I decided to make the most of her excitement and burgeoning creative skills and get crafty! We even involved her usually Scrooge-like Dad as we made salt dough, rolled and cut it into Christmas ornaments, dried them, painted and decorated them and turned them into an alternative advent countdown. He seemed to love it as much as her and even got wine mulling, chestnuts on the fire and a Christmas playlist on the iPod.

Here’s how we made our alternative advent.

Make the dough.

Salt dough is simple to make. Mix a cup of flour and half a cup of salt. Add warm water little by little until you have a dry dough. If you add too much water, whack in more flour. This made enough dough for 14 ornaments and a big handprint decoration. Ela loved helping with this stage and had her hands in the bowl shouting ‘mix! Help mummy!’

Making Ornaments

Knead the dough well to make it smooth, pull off a chunk, roll it flat then cut out the shape you want, either with a knife or cookie cutters. We went with the latter so Ela could do it with less assistance and more safely!

We also made a commemorative handprint on a thick, round piece of dough, pushing Ela’s hand down into the dough. We later made this into Father Christmas with the help of paint and a marker. Remember to put a hole through the ornaments so you can add string or ribbon later.

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Dry your ornaments

Air drying takes several days so we put ours in the oven at a moderate to low heat for a couple of hours. Let them cool for a while after.

Paint and decorate!

Once they’re cool (we waited till the evening after drying in the morning) paint your ornaments with your little ones. We also added glitter stars to ours (messy, but Ela had fun…I keep finding little sparkly stars everywhere though, despite having vacuumed and swept several times!). Ela’s handprint was turned into Father Christmas. I pencilled in a hat band, bobble, eyebrows, eyes and beard, using the fingers to form the beard, the thumb and thumb pad as the hat and palm as the face. I then painted the beard, hat band, bobble and eyebrows white, eyes blue, skin peach and hat red. Once it was dry I added detail and outlined it with a fine black permanent marker. I’ve also seen them as reindeer with fingers as antlers.

Varnish and add ribbon or string

Once the paint is dry, you can varnish the ornaments to ensure they harden up. You can use clear wood varnish or mix PVA glue with a little water and paint it over. We did this so Ela could varnish them herself.

Hang them on the tree or make an alternative advent!

We bought 24 organza gift bags and card in festive colours and put ornaments into 12 of them, adding a numbered card. We then put sweets into the other 12 (obviously you can put whatever you want in the bags) and hung 12 on the tree and pegged the other 12 onto a ribbon next to the tree, in a random order. Each day, Ela will find a numbered bag then either hang the homemade ornament onto the tree or eat the sweet…a bit of a change to the little cardboard windows with a picture or chocolate behind. Happy Christmas Crafting!

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Reindeer Dust

  • Help Rudolph Find The Way

Reindeer dust is an increasingly popular Christmas Eve Tradition, and very easy to make.

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Just mix glitter with porridge  oats and pack into a gift bag for your child. To sprinkle  a path leading to your door.

Most will have blown away by morning, if the reindeer haven’t eaten it of course, but the sparkle should remain.

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Poinsettia

Though the price of real trees is prohibitive in Ibiza, the Poinsettia is one Christmas tradition from home that we can continue without breaking the bank. If you are used to throwing yours out with the last of the turkey, think again. As John Hitchin explains, Ibiza’s warmer climate means the poinsettia can be grown into a small tree for annual December garden colour.

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The Meaning and Symbolism of the Poinsettia

Poinsettia plants are native to Central America, especially an area of southern Mexico known as ‘Taxco del Alarcón’ where they flower during the winter. The ancient Aztecs called them ‘cuetlaxochitl’. The Aztecs had many uses for them including using the flowers (actually special types of leaves known as bracts rather than being flowers) to make a purple dye for clothes and cosmetics and the milky white sap was made into a medicine to treat fevers. (Today we call the sap latex!)

The poinsettia gained fame in the west due to the first United States ambassador to Mexico and keen hothouse gardener Joel Roberts Poinsett While visiting the Taco area in 1828, he became very interested in the plants and sent some back to South Carolina home from where he started sending them to friends and botanical gardens.

Robert Buist, a plants-man from Pennsylvania, was the first person to sell the poinsettias under their latin botanical name, ‘Euphorbia Pulcherrima’ which means ‘the most beautiful Euphorbia’. They became known as Poinsettia in the mid 1830’s when people found out who had first brought them to America from Mexico.

 

Considered by the ancient Aztecs to be symbols of purity, in today’s language of flowers poinsettias, the December birth flower, is said to symbolize good cheer, success and to bring mirth and celebration.

Poinsettia Crafts

To make this Poinsettia Gift Bow

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To make a fancy Martha Stewart silk Poinsettia wreath visit 

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Or for a simpler version which can be made in felt or paper go to

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The Legend of the Poinsettia

poinsettia-legendThere was once a poor Mexican girl called Pepita who had no present to give the baby Jesus at the Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked to the chapel, sadly, her cousin Pedro tried to cheer her up.

‘Pepita’, he said “I’m sure that even the smallest gift, given by someone who loves him will make Jesus Happy.”

Pepita didn’t know what she could give, so she picked a small handful of weeds from the roadside and made them into a small bouquet. She felt embarrassed because she could only give this small present to Jesus. As she walked through the chapel to the altar, she remembered what Pedro had said. She began to feel better, knelt down and put the bouquet at the bottom of the nativity scene. Suddenly, the bouquet of weeds burst into bright red flowers, and everyone who saw them were sure they had seen a miracle. From that day on, the bright red flowers were known as the ‘Flores de Noche Buena’, or ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’.

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  • John Hitchin

The Poinsettia is the plant that is bought for it’s displays of bright colours at Christmas. Though  usually discarded after it dies back after the celebrations, in  Ibiza’s climate it can survive and grow to a smallish tree that will give welcome winter colour in the garden with it’s December flowering.

A member of the diverse Euphorbia family which thrive all over the world from the smaller forms  with green flowers in February common in English gardens to the huge cacti that will grow outside in Ibiza and in deserts such as the western states of the USA including New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Any fan of western movies would have seen them on the screen many times.

The Poinsettia Pulcherrima we are familiar with grows from heights of half a meter to about 4 meters and has leaves that are about 12cm long and dark green. It also has bracts which can be bright red, orange yellow, pale green pink or white, these leaves are often mistaken for flowers.

The leaves can change colour through a process called photperiodism in which the plant must be kept in the dark for 12 hours a day for 5 days. The flowers are found in the centre of each leaf bunch and are yellow and quite small.

The plant is not only known as a Christmas plant as it is also called the Easter flower in Central America, and Attaturk’s flower in Turkey as the founder of the Turkish republic loved this plant so much he contributed to its cultivation.

Poinsettia’s can be grown outside but a frost will normally kill them so a sheltered sunny spot will need to be chosen. It is normally best to grow them in pots so they can be brought inside for the winter and kept at a temperature between 15-18 degrees. They should be kept in the dark at night to encourage coloured bracts and that includes any light such as street and car lights.

They will also need bright sun during the autumn months to develop their colour. Poinsettia’s should not be over watered and the pots should not be kept in a tray as they need to drain freely.

Though the Poinsettia takes some effort to produce the spectacular colours they are known for, they are certainly worth it for the end results.

A Christmas Message 2016

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Christmas View from the Pew

  • Dr Peter Pimentel

Sad news to hear that Leonard Cohen who gave us Suzanne and Hallelujah has passed on to the other shore.  As I think about his life and his songs, the lyrics of Love Itself, stands out for me.  It’s a song describing an experience during Cohen’s decade long seclusion in the Mount Baldy Zen Buddhist Monastery in California:

The light came through the window,

Straight from the sun above,

And so inside my little room

There plunged the rays of Love.

In streams of light I clearly saw

The dust you seldom see,

Out of which the Nameless makes

A Name for one like me.

I’ll try to say a little more

Love went on and on

Until it reached an open door

Then Love Itself

Love Itself was gone.

Etc.…

In the Bible God is paradoxically both the Nameless One and Love Itself.  I think of the experience that lies at the foundation of Judaism.  Moses encounters the God at the burning bush in the desert.  Moses attempts to elicit God’s name.  God’s reply is wonderfully mysterious.  In the Hebrew original God says: “Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh” which translated is either “I am that I am” or “I cause to be what I cause to be” or “I will be what I will be”.  In the Bible, God does have a name, which traditionally Jews do not speak it, but the meaning of the name is mysterious and evasive.

During the Christmas festivities, followers of The Way, remember the Jewish rabbi Jesus who uniquely embodies the Nameless One.  We will never know what an infinite person is like.  But God has made himself known in a way that we can understand.  God has made Himself known as Love Itself in a human person – Jesus.

The early followers of The Way experienced this Love Itself.  Sant Paul describes it: “The Love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5).  Love Itself!

Church Services: Sunday 11th November 10.30am at the Chapel of Lourdes, Carrer Sant Jaume (the main street), Santa Eulalia. Sunday 18th Carol Service 10.30am at San Rafael.  Saturday 24th Christmas Eve 11.30pm (23:30) at Chapel of Lourdes Santa Eulalia.  Sunday 25th Christmas Day 9am (09:00) at San Rafael.  Sunday 1st January New Year’s Day 9.30am traditional service and 10.30am contemporary, both at San Rafael. Sunday 8th January 10.30am at Santa Eulalia.

  • The English-Speaking Church on Ibiza & Formentera. See website for locations & information. Tel 971 343383

chaplainibiza11@gmail.com

www.ibizachurch.org

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How to wish  others a Merry Christmas,

Catalan: Bon Nadal 

Dutch: Zalig Kerstfeest 

Spanish:  Feliz Navidad 

French: Joyeux Noël

German: Frohe Weihnachten

Italian: Buon Natale

Swedish: God Jul

Portuguese: Feliz Nadal

Turkish:  Mutlu Noeller

Russian: С Рождеством  (or just smile)

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Cracker Jokes

How do snowmen get around?


They ride an icicle!

What song do you sing at a snowman’s birthday party?


Freeze a jolly good fellow!

How does Good King Wenceslas like his pizzas?


One that’s deep pan, crisp and even!

Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?

A mince spy!

What do you call a cat in the desert?


Sandy Claws!

What does Santa do with fat elves?


He sends them to an Elf Farm!

What did Adam say to his wife on the day before Christmas?


It’s Christmas, Eve!

How many letters are in the Christmas alphabet?


  1. There’s “no EL”!

What carol is heard in the desert?


O camel ye faithful!

What do angry mice send to each other at Christmas?


Cross Mouse Cards!

What athlete is warmest in winter?


A long jumper!

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?


Tinsilitis!

What’s the most popular Christmas wine?


‘I don’t like Brussels sprouts!’

What did the beaver say to the Christmas Tree?


Nice gnawing you!

Why are Christmas Trees like bad knitters?

They keep loosing their needles!

Which famous playwright was terrified of Christmas?


Noël Coward!

What is the best Christmas present in the world?

A broken drum – you just can’t beat it!

How do you know if Santa is really a werewolf?


He has Santa claws!

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Hey Hey It’s Christmas Day

  • Carly S

Forget X Factor contenders, this years Christmas no 1 could very well come from our fair island itself…and, even better and in the true festive spirit, proceeds from sales will be going directly to a wonderful charity instead of buying more botox for Simon Cowell. It’s win win all round.

Chris Langley Kirke, a musician living in Ibiza, has written and recorded a catchy, fun and upbeat Christmas song called Hey Hey It’s Christmas Day with the help of fellow musicians and Ibiza residents Carly Marie Sorensen, Patrick Levy and Stephen Laporte (with drums by Aymar De La Sota for live events) who are, for this fund raising project, collectively known as The Ibizetters. Hey Hey It’s Christmas Day  is to be released digitally and will be available for download and streaming from 21/11/2016 from all major digital music distributors. Lucky Ibiza residents and visitors will also be able to get their hands on a limited edition CD featuring the original song plus four festive covers by the band. These will be available directly from Chris and on sale at several Christmas events The Ibizetters are scheduled to play at… watch this space, and their Facebook page below, for details as gigs are confirmed!

If you’d like The Ibizetters to perform their song at your event,  get in touch via Facebook or call  609693988.

The proceeds from “Hey Hey It’s Christmas Day” will be donated to Ong Progreso y Desarrollo Humano, which is a human progress and development charity carrying out excellent work in Africa, presently in Ethiopia, and with many of its volunteers based in Ibiza and Formentera.

14939543_1732785700378895_4811002566584349861_oOng Progreso y Desarrollo Humano was officially registered in 2013 on the island of Formentera, with the aim of helping underdeveloped communities by direct action. Conscious of the need for education in enabling the transformation and progress of societies and communities, they focus on starting initiatives which encourage training and give autonomy to the most vulnerable, particularly those at risk of social exclusion or ill health.

Their current projects include:

The Vision Project. This is a program of optical health care, based in Nort East Ethiopia, carrying out operations such as cataracts, glaucoma and tracoma as well as performing eye tests in local schools in collaboration with 2 non governmental organisations. Since 2014 this project has performed 600 operations and 2000 eye tests. Each vision-saving operation has cost only 50 € per person.

The School Breakfast Project. As many of us are aware, Ethiopia is still suffering from famine caused by draught. The School Breakfast Project provides nutritional breakfasts for children who attend the charitable schools run by the Nuns of  “The Maids of the Poor”. For many children this is the only meal they get that day. Not only has this project helped improve the children’s health, it’s also increased the school attendance.  The project presently helps 300 children aged 4 to 14 years old, but aims to help many more. The daily meal costs only 20,00 € per child per YEAR. That’s less than most of us spend on a lunch out.

The charity’s campaigns rely exclusively on funds raised. They are a totally independent and voluntary association whose selfless volunteers go to Ethiopia in their own holiday time and at their own expense. For more information on the charity or if you wish to make a direct donation, visit

http://www.progresoydesarrollohumano.org/

How can you help?

Purchase a copy of The Ibizetters charity single ‘Hey Hey It’s Christmas Day’ – here us the link for iTunes but it’s available on all of the music siteshttps://itunes.apple.com/album/id1171925114?ls=1&app=itunes

Buy the limited edition Christmas EP featuring the single and four other Christmas covers for just 5.99€.

Like and share the Facebook page to spread the word.

 

https://www.facebook.com/Hey-Hey-Its-Christmas-Day-1729904430667022/

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