I miss Spain right now, and Christmas is rubbing it in. I absolutely loved the holidays in Barcelona… The lights strung across hundreds of streets throughout the city, dozens of children waiting on a street corner to talk to one of the 3 Kings (think Santa booth, except with a King, and not in a mall), the Christmas market in front of the Cathedral, the crowds bustling in the streets, minus the bad attitudes that the holidays seem to cause in the U.S…. I actually even miss needing to wear a coat and hat. Well, not that much, but I have my moments.
Christmas just seemed easier there. Maybe that’s because we chose not to exchange any gifts last year, and my dad was the one who had to lug our tree home from the Christmas market, but still, it was simpler. People actually enjoyed it, whereas it seems like the Christmas spirit in America diminishes with each passing year. When and why did the holidays become a more hassle and less happy?
I think every American needs a Caganer. Seriously people, lighten up. Stop shooting each other in toy stores and beating your crazy neighbors with lawn ornaments. Enough. It’s the most freaking wonderful time of the year!!!
Ok, I do acknowledge that this season can be stressful, so for those of you who do not own a Caganer and are unable to travel to Catalunya this month, I leave you with two of my favorite resources for restoring the merriness of Christmas:
“Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas), Feliz Navidad (Noel Noel), Feliz Navidad, Prospero Año y Felicidad…” C’mon, sing with me…