|The new Santa
||[ Thursday, 07 Dec 06 | 18:35 ]
For some reason I am in the "holiday spirit". I used to have Santa Claus cap as seen here...
Photo taken 25 December 1997
But I can no longer find the cap. It must have been trashed or donated when I moved to España two years ago. So in keeping with my "going native", I went to the Fira de Santa Llúcia (holiday fair) that surrounds the Barcelona cathedral an bought a replacement. I introduce you to the new Papá Noel complete with traditional Catalan barretina.
Photo taken 7 December 2006
Now if I can only find that big sack I used to have... Oh well, at least I have until the 6th of January to worry about that!
ooh can I play with santa's sac?
*obvious Xmas innuendo # 3455767658*
Who needs a sack? It looks like you could fit all the gifts in your barretina!
La barretina is just a hat... And Catalan children got their gifts with the Caga Tió on Christmas Eve... The "Reyes" are a spanish tradition which has been here for "only" about 150 years.
You look very cute, though :)
Saturday, 09 Dec 06 | 18:43 (UTC)
At the Fira de Santa Llúcia it looked like a blending of traditions. There were "Santa" hats next to barretinas.
I saw some figures that looked like a thin Santa Claus or Papá Noel, but with a barretina. Others looked like the Santa Claus in the States with a barriga, rosy cheeks and all.
And many of the burro nativity figures were very patriotic with their blankets done as Catalán flags.
Most of what appeared to be traditional caganer figures wore barretinas, but I guess that is to be expected.
But with such a cultural mix, it's hard for a novato like me to know what is tradicional o autentico.
Saturday, 09 Dec 06 | 18:45 (UTC)
Ask the veterans, LOL :)
I'm not blaming on you, just telling you because I know you appreciate my saying that to you :)