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Monday, December 21, 2015

The Belen, A Christmas Tradition on Tenerife

Seeing a belen unlocks the inner child in me, there’s something magical about these beautiful nativity scenes. They fascinate, especially the most elaborate ones where all village life is depicted. I can stand for ages marvelling at the detail and wit to be found as my eyes wander the little streets, pausing to peek in windows like a giant voyeur.

There is an air about them which stokes nostalgic memories of past times, when Christmas was all about innocent wonderment, about family and compassion rather than frantic consumerism.



The Belen, A Christmas Tradition on Tenerife

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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