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


Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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