13 January 2010

corner view "holiday"

The holidays in Spain start at Christmas and end on the Three King´s Day, which is January 6th. It´s a time where family and friends get together to eat, drink, and be merry. There are not many traditions, most families make their own. (The one common theme is deciding on whose side of the family to spend dinner and lunch. But I guess that´s traditional every where.)

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch; Lots of food, wine, and the King´s speech on television.

New Year´s Eve and New Year´s Day lunch; Lots of food, wine, and at a little before midnight everyone turns on their televisions to listen to the 12 chimes of the Puerta del Sol´s clock in Madrid. Then, at midnight, they eat 12 grapes, one for each chime, to bring in the New Year.

Three King´s Day; Lots of food, wine, and children wake to presents left in their shoes by the three kings.







(This is Roscón, the typical cake eaten on The Three King´s day... There is a little toy hidden in the cream of the cake. Whoever finds it, has to pay for the Roscón. The kids each had a piece, and then I ate the rest... Which is probably why I found the surprise...)

Next week´s theme comes from Brinja, by way of Cabrizette. The idea is "what we are wearing." So how about if we call it, "your style." Thanks Cabrizette!

Happy Corner View!









71 comments:

Lollipop said...

Eat, drink and spend time with our beloved... Same kind of holiday at my (freezing) place!

victoria said...

Oh that rosco de reyes!!!! I really missed it this year since we stayed in Norway for the holidays. However we did eat our grapes on new years eve :)

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

The perfect holidays !!! I want to spend my next holidays like that !!!

Have a nice day Jane !

la ninja said...

some stuff sounds pretty familiar but it varies per region (tradition-wise). where I come from, if the little "surprise" is in your piece of "tortell de reis" you get to wear the crown; however, were you to bite into a broad bean, then you pay!
I have to say I really dislike those canned grapes. sorry, but that shouldn't be allowed. a new thing for me and I prefer the fresh ones with pits and all. ;P

either way, it seems a good time was had by one and all. good shots.

Elisabelle said...

Lovely table setting and I love your glasses.
The picture of the hands is so sweet...

ziehier said...

Dear Jane,

I've so inpolite to start CV-ing myself starting this year. I love the concept very much.

Happy CV-ing in 2010!

Talooky said...

You have to pay for the Roscon up in the
North??

In Madrid, the one that finds the toy is the king and rules the house for the day.

My mum got it...oh my...

:D

My CV is on.

Besotes!

Ma life à moi said...

Did you succeed to eat the twelve grapes at midnight? Nice tradition!

Reyes said...

Lovely pictures! I still have roscón at home, the kind with no cream and... it's still rather fresh! (It makes me wonder how many food additives it has...) Besos

Jodi said...

So are your photos, Jane. And that cake looks so god I'm suprised the kids got to have any. BTW, I picked up some dried mango at Dean& Deluca. Oh my!!! Every piece was so good. I wish I'd splurged and gotten 2lbs of it. I'm headed back next month. I found out there is a Tim Burton show at MOMA!!!!! GO-ING!!!!

missvanham said...

amazing photo's jane :-)
love it!!

MyrtilleD said...

Seems your holidays were great and very happy! I love your pictures, as usual

My CV is on, quite different from your's! I changed my blog and CV are now on http://lestrucsdemyrtille.blogspot.com

kristina - no penny for them said...

i like your traditions! and that shot of the hands is so tender. wonderful.

Emily said...

Mmm..that cake looks delicious! And I love those little green dishes on your table. Sounds like the holidays are celebrated in high style in Spain.

On an unrelated note, I decided to make my blog invitation-only after I got some inappropriate comments the other day. I would, of course, love for you (and all the Corner Viewers, really) to keep reading. If you want to be on the list, just email me at www.thekeepingtime@gmail.com Thanks!

Kamana said...

the hand holding touched my heart.

Crescent Moon said...

It sounds like wonderful holidays! My daughter kept telling me we were missing all the things we were supposed to do for luck on New Year's Eve. She didn't know about the grapes, but she complained that we weren't eating black-eyed peas. She also said that the tradition in Peru, where she spent the New Year a couple years ago, was to wear yellow underwear for New Years.

Tiphaine said...

Oh I just fall in love with the green glasses !!!!Ir was under the heat and air con here, but exactly the same way !!!

L'Atelier said...

looks like you had wonderful holidays- thanks for sharing
i have been on a holiday from the world and the blog world and been reading up all my fave blogs....
will be posting my corner view a bit later this evening.
as always i really enjoyed roaming in your corner of the world thanks for sharing
xx

likeschocolate said...

Lovely photos! Who needs anything else than time spent with family! I like the picture with the boys with the ties on their heads.

Jenna said...

You always have such beautiful pictures..

Ocean Girl said...

If I say wow every time, I would sound corny but I'm developing this inferiority complex looking at your pictures. They are excellent! Not just the quality of print but content. Good work Jane.

I am also excited about next week! It is tough but challenging. I am for it. Thank you Brinja. And Jane.

Lisa notes... said...

I am always amazed at the content of your pictures as well. You are very gifted! Thanks for blessing us with your photos (and words).

Tiphaine said...

my corner on line too

inna said...

lovely photos! i fell in love with the one with feet and snow:-)

l i s e said...

sounds like lovelies holidays to me.
besos

Cabrizette said...

Sounds great holidays Jane !!! Lovely photos as usual...
Well next theme is Brinja's one !!! I'm so exciting ! Thanks a lot Jane. Bises and have a great week ; )
Take care of you.

MUS said...

the second one!

(am back again ;))

marinik said...

this is fun, that's about how we do the holidays.. too much food, drinking etc, etc,.. i'm glad i got to play today :)

nicola@which name? said...

lovely, jane. i love the shot of the men moving. very classy.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem said...

Love your photos Jane. The table setting looks gorgeous and those green glasses / dishes are beautiful.

Kari said...

presents left in shoes - I love it.
And of course food and wine and family. all so beautiful.
And your photo's are gorgeous as always!.

molly:: apple cyder said...

ok. i have to ask. do you peel your grapes? (my old boyfriend's family does, and they thought i was nuts that i did not).

i wanted to make a rosco this year, but didn't get around to it. i'd love to adopt that tradition for my family.

ticklishfromadistance said...

What a blast. Love the drawn out celebration. Love the picture of the hands. Sweet.

The Yellow Door Paperie said...

Love the corner views! Beautiful photos. How can I join?? I'm new to your blog.

liza said...

I love learning about other traditions. Thank you, Jane.

ibb said...

Jjajajajaja...I think I know one of those guys on suit!!!!

janis said...

Chimes and grapes...I like that :)
Food, food, and more food, and wine... I like that too!!!

pien said...

luuuuv the photo holding hands.

MODsquad said...

Beautiful celebrations!

Cheers to the New Year!

RosaMaría said...

nice photos! your description of the festivities in Spain is so great! some things are similar to what we do here. in Mexico who find the little doll (is supposed to be baby Jesus) has to pay a tamales dinner on next february 2 that people who ate rosca de reyes! (and this year I got the doll!)

Ian said...

Spain is a great country for celebrating the Christian holidays. I remember the Easter marchers in their Ku klux Klan outfits. Christmas isn't really celebrated here in Oman. In fact the only place I've been where it is celebrated less is Saudi Arabia, and there it is illegal.

caitlin said...

Wow, I loved hearing about that. So cool! And I think I have found my favorite picture you have even taken! The legs in the snow. I just love the moment you caught!

Elizabeth said...

I love the tradition of toys in the shoes, the king cake and especially the eating of 12 grapes. Thank you so much for sharing that and the photos today!

Daan said...

he dearie, love your holiday shots!

-x-x-x-

malo said...

Looks festive, fun and beautiful.

The cake looks delicious and I love your glasses.

Wonderful to be back! Thank you for the link.

Sunmallia said...

Hi Jane, thanks for sharing your traditions in Spain. Your photos as always are gorgeous and boy that cake made me hungry! Have a great day. Hope your little boy is doing better.

Conny said...

I'm happy to have the return of Corner View. Your stories and pictures are Awesome as usual. :>) I must say that I have never seen canned grapes (unless they're part of a fruit cocktail): a can containing only grapes? I like the sound of that tradition though.

Thanks for continuing to host this creative project. I'm off to have more viewing fun now...

Bichos da Matos said...

Hello Jane! No corner view for me this week, my Christmas holidays were a bit sad...But there is something "odd" for you at my place, it's like a Christmas present;) See you next week!

sunnymama said...

Wonderful holiday pictures! I especially like the last one. :)

Grey Lemon said...

Joy, warmth and lovely tables!
I like these ambiences!

Bonnie said...

I adore that second photo !

The Girl in the Yellow Shoes said...

Delightful!

Joyce said...

ooh that piece of cake looks so... good! I would have loved to finish it off with you and a bottle of wine. Hugs my friend. xo

aimee said...

looks like a much nicer and authentic way of spending the holidays... more emphasis on family and friends, less on the dumpsters of stuff from Toys R Us. looks like you had a great time even if you had to fork over the dough for the cake!

Mlle Paradis said...

"imaginary friends"? what, there's no word for "fan club" in spanish?

Ida Nielsen said...

Beautiful pictures. Yummy cake :-D

Joanna Jenkins said...

Roscón looks yummy AND has a toy inside. What more could you ask for!

Loved this post-- The pictures and thoughts were perfect.

Cheers,
xo

Cherry B said...

I most definitely had no idea what the Spanish traditions were-- what a lovely way to learn. Thanks! And thanks for coming up with this whole Corner View thing, too :)

RNSANE said...

Jane, lovely pictures and nice to hear about Spanish traditions. The yummy cake reminds me of the King cake at Mardi Gras in New Orleans that has a bean or a plastic baby baked inside. The person getting that has to have the next party with the next King cake.

Dana said...

hi jane,
see you next week.
promise.
well. . .really, hopefully.
Dana

jgy said...

Cheers!
To lots more festivities and colorful moments in 2010:))
Nice to see you again and the celebration of life in your photos.

Ritva said...

dear janel,

everything perfect!
hugs!!!

Francesca said...

this CV list has grown so long! Do you visit everyone, Jane?? (So that you know, I'd be very upset if you didn't visit me:)). About your holidays, I forgot you had royalty there, it must be something to have the King speak to you!

KathyA said...

I've never seen canned grades (except in fruit cocktail)!

laméditerraine said...

In Valencia we put a bean and a little toy in the roscón. Who finds the bean must pay and who finds the toy is suposed to be the king of the day:)
I think Spanish Christmas'traditions are lovely, I love the one about the grapes, but I always choked on the pits!
We had to eat those canned grapes in Italy without the strokes and I swear they were the worst grapes I've ever tasted!!

Loved your pictures, as I always do.
Big besos :)

Dana said...

Dang...this post has 62 comments! Go here, Jane: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/booklistsbook.cfm

for a place to start. i'll keep you in mind for others. what's his favorite book ever?

busy these days.. .but will eventually get to a list of suggestions for you

lucylaine said...

Excellent program! i love your photos and the tendernes i feel!! My corner view is online have a good night!!! besos!!

Ruth said...

Lovely photos! I love learning about different holiday traditions . . . yours sure do sound fun!

I just posted my first CV ever--what a great idea!

Stephen Baird said...

jane!
i love so many of these and other posts. i really like the couple holding hands. brilliant.
nikonsniper steve

n a t s u m i said...

Sounds like wonderful holidays! The cake looks so delicious.. Is this a special cake for the holiday?

Wish you and your family a very Happy 2010!! xo

Smorg said...

I'm glad I read this post, else I'd be sure to swallow the hidden toy should anyone serves me this cake! :o)