Last night, 3rd of December of 2011, the
Christmas lights in the small city of Angers went on. There was music to
celebrate the fantastic weeks that are about to start and in the main plaza, la
Place du Ralliement, the Christmas market was put up.
This is definitely my favorite period of the
year, because, so many cities and towns around the world dress up their
buildings, houses and trees with lights of all kind and wonderful decorations
to celebrate the holiday season. There is a magical feeling all around.
Rockefeller Center in NYC is beautifully decorated. Cortilandia in Madrid
displays figurines singing and dancing. Even the trees and stores of the
Champs-Élysées of Paris feel the Christmas vive.
In my own home, each of the grandchildren has
to cook a special meal for the Christmas Eve dinner and present it to the
family as a Christmas gift. Parents later give out some smaaaall presents,
since the real good ones are brought by Santa Claus, on Christmas night, and
the Three Kings, on the 6th of January.
It’s at this time of the year when we go into a
shop and everything we see seems to be made for someone we love. All those
present we so eagerly wished for throughout the year are now written down into
our Christmas list and maybe, but just maybe, we will get that thing we were
hoping for…of maybe not…
…have you been good this year?