Today was a busy and fun day.
While I was running my errands this morning, I managed to sneak in some “me shopping”. Nothing amazing, some silly treats for me, but I knew it would be the last time I would get to be in a shop for a couple of weeks on my own. In peace.
The boys finished school early and as our tradition goes, the 4 of us go for lunch to celebrate the beginning of the holidays. This morning we thought that Mr B would be too busy to join us but somehow he managed to escape for an hour and meet us for our traditional lunch. The boys were delighted. We had a great lunch full of energy and love.
I am really looking forward to enjoying time with them, hanging out, having time to talk over breakfast, going swimming, making cookies…
My mum and my little sister are coming over for a visit over the holidays. There will be 3 generations and 2 languages living in my house for a week. I can’t wait for the boys to re-connect with them, to practice their Spanish, to hang out with family. I look forward to spending hours sitting at the kitchen table, planning the next meal, just being… Family time. No rush, no pressure, just quality time.
Are you on a break?
Today is a big day in Spain, full of family, presents, get-togethers and food (everything is always around food in Spain).
Last night, the Three Wise Kings came to our house and delivered presents even though we live in Ireland. They know that we are Spanish and after they deliver all the presents in Spain, they go around the world delivering presents to all the Spanish kids living in other parts of the world. My kids love it. They get more presents and they don’t have to go to school – what is not to love? It also makes them feel a bit special, which is lovely.
Although we are not a religious family, we do celebrate this festivity, the traditional aspect of it. We follow my family’s traditions. Although Mr B didn’t grow up with these traditions, we have been together for so long that they have also become his traditions and he has fully embraced them.
We leave milk and cookies for the Three Wise Kings so that they can have a little rest in our house(although my parents always left something much stronger for them). We get up in the morning, we get in line from youngest to oldest, and we start marching downstairs chanting Todo el castillo debemos recorrer (We must go through all the castle) until we reach the sitting room. When we reach the door, we need to make sure that they are not still there. We knock. We listen. We know again to make sure. We open the door very slowly… and then Mr B and I just look at the kids, their faces. It is just magical.
The traditional breakfast on the 6th of January is el roscón. It is delicious. I can’t tell you if it is truly that delicious or if it is loaded with memories. There is usually a little toy hidden in it and tradition dictates that whomever finds it needs to buy next year’s roscón. As we can’t get them here, they have been replaced with chocolate croissants. Still good. Not many memories attached yet though. Working on that.
I am looking forward to a relaxed day hanging out with the kids. It is a lovely way to finish the holiday break.
Tomorrow, all the decorations will come down. Slowly but surely. I am ready.
I love embracing traditions and making our own, it means that we are growing as a family. I love it.
Have a great day, Chaotic Itzi