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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

There’s a full week of activities planned in Adeje in the second last week before Christmas, and one you won’t want to miss is the military Christmas Concert in the Magma Arte & Congresos centre this Saturday, December 17th, with municipal bands from Adeje and Guía de Isora joining the Nº2 Army Band BRILCAM-XVI and the Musical Unit of the Canarian Command. Tickets are just €1 and for charity. This was certainly one of the highlights of the Christmas Adeje schedule last year and is a guaranteed musical treat.

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On the same day, Saturday, earlier in the morning, the II Ponle Freno event is taking place (a campaign to highlight the dangers of speeding) which kicks off in Siam Mall at 10.30am. On Wednesday, December 14th, Boleros de Armeñime will be carol singing in the streets of Los Olivos and on Thursday December 15th the Grupo Cardón will perform in the Calle Grande in the centre of Adeje.

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Sports are to the fore with the Rhythmic Gymnastics Christmas Gala on Friday December 16th at 6pm in the El Galeón sports complex. On the same evening the Asociación San Juan perform a theatrical work and at 8pm in the Youth Centre the Art Factory have their special Christmas evening, and at 8pm the La Hoya Plaza hosts the living nativity scene performed by the Tijoya residents association.

On Sunday December 18th at11am the children from the catechism class will present a special nativity play in the Armeñime church and from 6pm there will be a host of things for kids to do as well as a visit from Santa Claus in La Postura. Later on at 8pm the blessing of the crib in La Viña is taking place and at 8.30 the Calle Grande will ring to the voices of the Adeje Folklore Group.
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Funds raised went to the Asociación de San Juan who work with special needs individuals

Last Saturday, for the first time, South Tenerife enjoyed a Christmas concert with the full army band playing in the Magma Arte & Congresos centre with the Adeje and Guía bands also taking part – and already the public are calling for this to become a regular fixture in the Adeje Christmas calendar. The concert saw a full hall with up to 1,800 coming together to enjoy some excellent military music as well as Christmas choral carols.

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A choir of over 150 local school children, under the direction of Rosa Maria Pérez Meiriño, a professor at the Adeje school of music, accompanied the band with a number of carols. And all the monies collected – tickets were €1 each – went to the Asociación San Juan, for special needs individuals.

Pedro Galán García, Commander in chief of the Canarian forces, told the public they had been looking forward to participating in this seasonal event. “We bring feelings of solidarity, of love and families and coming together; it has been a long time since we have been able to play in the South, and please do remember that even if you don’t always see us here, whatever the hour, the day, the time of year or the place we are working to maintain stability and peace and guarantee the wellbeing of everyone.”

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The Commander made special mention of the “more than 500 men and women of the Canarian brigade who have completed missions abroad, many of them in dangerous locations such as Afghanistan and I am delighted to say that they have all returned and are here to celebrate this special time with their families.”

Pedro Galán Garcia paid tribute to the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga who worked to ensure this concert took place; “Thanks to the invitation of the mayor of Adeje we have been able to demonstrate the positive energy this kind of harmonious synergy between the public and our soldiers.”

For his part the Adeje mayor said that they were already looking at future projects with the army, “because we are delighted to see the army here, these soldiers who are on peace missions, who defend our integrity and freedom and to whom we wish to express our gratitude and recognition of a job well done and to remember that this body plays a very special role in our society”.

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Joining the army band on stage were the patronal bands of Adeje and Guía de Isora, directed by Antonio Lorenzo Fariña Díaz and Francisco José Flores Casañas. The first half of the concert featured composers/songs Josef Hastreitter (Dancing Show), Leroy Anderson (Christmas Festival), Steven Reineke (Merry Christmas Everyone) and Mariah Carey (All I want for Christmas). After the interval a stirring entrance with drums and bagpipes started the second half with El Tamborilero, Arre borriquero , a special Christmas mix and the Canarian piece, Una sobre el mismo mar. Soloists from the Adeje school of music performed in a variety of languages.

Peace, unity and goodwill in Adeje this Christmas

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Next weekend the traditional Christmas market will open in the parking of the Adeje School of Music and dance

Adeje will celebrate the Christmas season with a message of peace and unity and the programme of events began with a swing with a concert by the Adeje Patron Band last Saturday. The Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga switched on the Christmas lights afterwards.

From now until January 5th, when their majesties the Three Kings of the Orient join in the Adeje parade from 7pm, there is a busy programme of seasonal events throughout the borough. Included are the Christmas Market which happens next weekend (December 4th – 6th) in the parking beside the Adeje School of Music and Dance, a funfair every afternoon from December 17th to January 10th behind the Adeje Cultural Centre and, for the first time in South Tenerife, there will be ice-skating, in the Magma Arte & Congresos centre, from December 18th – January 10th.

Dates for you diary should include the choral concert on December 4th with the Orfeón La Paz from La Laguna in the Adeje Cultural Centre and Saturday December 12th when the Christmas Market moves to the Calle Grande from 5pm. That same evening at 8.30pm the Royal House Band are in the Cultural Centre and from 9.30 the Plaza de España will sway to the amazing sounds of the The Latonius Gospel Choir.

Thursday December 12th is the date for the Unity Concert with performances from the Adeje School of Music and Dance, the Adeje Patron Band, folk groups and Ballet Beanky. And on Friday why not visit La Hoya to see the traditional living Nativity scene, from 8.30pm.

December 31st will be celebrated in style in the Plaza de España with live music from the Maquinaria Band and Sensación Gomera orchestras.

Throughout the month there will be events religious and traditional all over the borough. The full programme can be downloaded at www.Adeje.es and is available in both Spanish and English.

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Adeje Christmas Programme

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PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

CHRISTMAS MARKET
December 4 – 6
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decora- tions and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attrac- tions and activities, carols…
Friday from 5pm – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 9pm
Adeje School of Music

FUNFAIR
December 17th – January 10th
Behind the Adeje Cultural Centre

ICE–SKATING December 18th – Jan 10th Magma Arte & Congresos
€8

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH
6pm. CONCERT IN HONOUR OF SAINT CE- CILIA by the Adeje Municipal Band followed by the Christmas Lights switch-on.
Convento de San Francisco, and the Calle- Grande

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH
9pm. PERFORMANCE OF THE ORFEÓN LA PAZ, La Laguna.
Theatre, Adeje Culture Centre

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH
6pm. II Children’s Games event
Pavillion El Galeón

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12TH
“SPENDING CHRISTMAS IN ADEJE ”
5pm – 1am CHRISTMAS MARKET Sale of Christmas products, sports activities, boun- cy castles, story-telling, workshops, music, theatre etc…
Calle Grande

7.30pm. PRESENTATION OF BOOK BY NEL- SON DÍAZ FRÍAS, “Matrimonios de la Parro- quia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de la Villa de San Sebastián de La Gomera 1599-
1900”.
San Francisco Convento

8.30pm. ROYAL HOUSE BAND CONCERT
Theatre, Adeje Culture Centre

9.30pm. LATONIUS GOSPEL CHOIR + BAND CONCERT.
Plaza España
SUNDAY DECEMBER 13TH
11am. WALK FOR LIFE in collaboration with
the Spanish Cancer Association and the Asso- ciation of Women with Breast Cancer.
Depart from Magma Arte & Congresos to Los
Cristianos

THURSDAY DECEMBER 17TH
8pm. ‘CHRISTMAS UNITY’ CONCERT
Participants: Adeje School of Music, borou- gh folk groups, Adeje Patron Band, Ballet Beanky.
Plaza España

FRIDAY DECEMBER 18TH
8.30pm. LIVING NATIVITY SCENE, Tijoya Re-
sidents Association.
Plaza de La Hoya

SATURDAY DECEMBER 19TH
11am. I TENERIFE RACE 2015 “PONLE FRE-
NO” RACE
Siam Mall

8pm. CHRISTMAS CONCERT with the MUSI- CAL UNIT OF THE CANARIAN COMMAND, with participating bands, Adeje Patron Band and the Guía de Isora Virgen de La Luz Band Magma Arte & Congresos

TUESDAY DECEMBER 22ND
10pm “DE LAS POSADAS A LOS AÑOS NUE-
VOS: NUESTRA NAVIDAD” (From the inns of yesterday to the times that followed: Our Christmas) with the Adeje School of Folklore group.
Theatre, Adeje Cultural Centre

THURSDAY DECEMBER 31ST

11pm: NEW YEAR’S EVE: with Maquinaria and Sensación Gomera orchestras. Plaza de España.
TUESDAY JANUARY 5TH
17:00. ARRIVAL BY HELICOPTER OF THEIR
MAJESTIES THE THREE KINGS OF THE ORIENT and their official welcome.
Municipal Football Stadium El Galeón.

19:00. THREE KINGS PARADE with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television.
Calle Grande

CAROL CONCERTS

THURSDAY DECEMBER 3RD
5pm. Blessing of THE SENIOR CITIZENS NA-
TIVITY SCENE Senior Citizens Centre, Adeje
Cultural Centre.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH
8pm. Blessing of THE LAS NIEVES NATIVITY
SCENE.
Las Nieves Cultural Centre

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH
7.30pm. Blessing of THE ARMEÑIME NATI-
VITY SCENE.
Armeñime Cultural Centre

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12TH
11am – 8pm. Asociación de San Juan
CHRISTMAS MARKET
Asociación San Juan

DECEMBER 13TH
7pm. LIGHT SHOW AND NEIGHBOUR- HOOD HARMONY EVENT
Armeñime Plaza

MONDAY DECEMBER 14TH
CAROL SINGING with the Armeñime Parran-
do Boleros
Streets of Armeñime

TUESDAY DECEMBER 15TH
8.00pm. CAROL SINGING with the Armeñi-
me Parrando Boleros
Streets of Los Olivos

8.30pm. CAROL SINGING with the El Cardón
Group, Tabaiba residents association
Calle Grande

9pm. CAROL SINGING with Asociación
Cultural Imoque.
Streets of La Postura

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16TH
6pm. CHRISTMAS PLAY, the birth of Jesus,
with the children from the catechism group
Armeñime parish church

FRIDAY DECEMBER 18TH
5pm. CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
San José Parish church, Los Olivos

9pm. CELEBRATION OF THE DAY OF HOPE AND BLESSING OF THE NATIVITY SCENE at the La Viña hermitage
La Viña.

10.30pm. CAROL SINGING by the Adeje
School of Folklore.
Calle Grande

SATURDAY DECEMBER 19TH
6pm. CAROL SINGING and Christmas acti-
vities
Armeñime Cultural Centre

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 23RD
7pm. CAROL CONCERT
Callao Salvaje

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH
8am – 4pm, CYCLING CHALLENGE, Iberos-
tar Costa Adeje Challenge
Plaza San Sebastián

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12TH
10.45am – 2pm VI PIGEON FANCIERS DAY
Adeje School of Music and Dance

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 16TH
RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS Christmas Gala
El Galeón Pavilion

TENERIFE SUR TENNIS OPEN December 14th – 20th. Club Náutica, Puerto Colón

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH
5pm. ‘LET’S PAINT CHRISTMAS’.
The exhibition hall in the Adeje Cultural
Centre opens its doors from December
4th to 14th. Christmas tales with paint brushes.
Adeje Cultural Centre, exhibition hall

SATURDAY DECEMBER 5TH
8.30pm. TEATRO DEL FINIKITO, with
Don Quixote. €8
Adeje Cultural Centre

SUNDAY DECEMBER 6TH
8.30pm. II HAIRSTYLE SHOW
Adeje Cultural Centre

FRIDAY DECEMBER 11TH
8pm. FASHION TALENT SHOW
Adeje Cultural Centre

SATURDAY DECEMBER 12TH
6.30pm. THEATRE PRODUCTION, “Luces
y Sombres de la Navidad” (Christmas lights and shadows), San Juan theatre group Asociación San Juan

FRIDAY DECEMBER 18TH
CHRISTMAS FACTORY OF ARTS
Adeje Youth Centre

SUNDAY DECEMBER 20TH
6pm. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS, Christmas
crafts, bouncy castles, a visit from Santa
Claus
Plaza César Manrique, La Postura

MONDAY DECEMBER 21ST
7pm. CHRISTMAS CINEMA. “El libro de la
vida” (The Book of Life)
Plaza España

TUESDAY DECEMBER 22ND
7pm. CHRISTMAS CINEMA. La Oveja Shaun
(Shaun the Sheep)
Plaza España

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 23RD
6pm. CHILDREN’S THEATRE WITH CLOWN-
BARET, ‘Desconcierto’ (Confusion). Theatre, Adeje Cultural Centre

8.30pm. ADULT STORYTELLING, with Juan
Carlos Tacoronte
Canarian Library, Calle Grande

SATURDAY DECEMBER 26TH
5pm – 7pm. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS,
trampolines and posting of cards to The
Three Kings.
Plazas in Fañabe, Armeñime, Las Nieves and
La Hoya.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 27TH
5pm – 7pm. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS
AND POSTING OF CARDS to The Three
Kings .
Los Olivos Plaza.

*Programme subject to change

THURSDAY, 24TH DECEMBER
CHRISTMAS EVE
6pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijo- co-La Hoya)
7.30pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
11pm. Callao Salvaje Church
11.30pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir
(Adeje)

FRIDAY, 25TH DECEMBER
BIRTH OF OUR LORD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor
(Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Cam- po (Fañabé)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

SATURDAY, 26TH DECEMBER
EVE OF THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
5pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos) Mass in
Italian
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

(Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12 noon. Callao Salvaje Church
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Cam- po (Fañabé)
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijo- co-La Hoya)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

THURSDAY, 31ST DECEMBER
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

FRIDAY, 1ST JANUARY
HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor
(Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12 noon. Callao Salvaje Church
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Cam- po (Fañabé)
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijo- co-La Hoya)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)
TUESDAY, 5TH JANUARY
EVE OF THE EPIPHANY
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7 pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

WEDNESDAY, 6TH JANUARY
EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor
(Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12 noon. Callao Salvaje Church
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Cam- po (Fañabé)
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijo- co-La Hoya)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

(Programme subject to change)

 

CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2014

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“Spending Christmas in Adeje”

Thursday, 4th of December
17:00 Blessing of the Senior Citizens Nativity Scene
Senior Citizens Centre, Adeje Cultural Centre.

18:00 Cinema: Las Constituyentes
Adeje Cultural Centre.

Friday, 5th of December
17:00-22:00. Christmas Market
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decorations and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attractions and activities, musical performances…
Las Torres Car Park.

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17.00 – 19.00 Celebration of San Andrés (children).
Related activities and workshops.
Las Torres Car Park.
17:00 “Píntanos La Navidad” (Picture Christmas). The exhibition hall will be open from December 5th to 22 for all those who want to ‘picture Christmas’.
Adeje Cultural Centre.
20:30 Hair fashion show
Adeje Cultural Centre

Saturday, 6th of December
10:00-20:00. Asociación San Juan Christmas Market.
Asociación San Juan

10:00-22:00. Christmas Market
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decorations and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attractions and activities, musical performances…
Las Torres Car Park.
19:30 Concert in honour of Saint Cecilia by the Adeje Municipal Band.
Convento de San Francisco, Adeje.

Sunday, 7th of December
10:00-18:00. Arts and Crafts market.
Showcase and sale of crafts, food, workshops, seasonal music…
Centro Comercial El Mirador. Playa del Duque.

10:00-22:00 Christmas Market
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decorations and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attractions and activities, musical performances…
Las Torres Car Park.
18:00 Children’s activities and carol singing by the El Cardón Group.
Tabaiba Residents Association, Plaza de Los Olivos.
Tuesday, 9th of December
17:00-19:00 Traditional pastry workshop: Rosquetes Fritos.
CDTCA
Wednesday, 10th of December
17:00-19:00 Traditional pastry workshop: Truchas.
CDTCA

18:00 Blessing of the El Galeón Residents Association Nativity Scene.
Parque Jardín Botánico, Las Nieves.

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Thursday, 11th of December
19:00 Exhibition of Martial Arts with the Taekondo, Capoeira, Kendo, Judo, Kárate and Jiu Jitsu groups
Plaza de España.
Friday, 12th of December
17:00 Blessing of the Armeñime Senior Citizens Nativity Scene
Armeñime Cultural Centre.
18:00. La Gomera Crafts Market.
Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta.
19:00 Mass in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
San Sebastián Church, La Caleta.
20:00 Homage to La Gomera.
Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta.
Saturday, 13th of December “Spending Christmas in Adeje”
17:00-24:00 ‘Degústame’ (Try Me) Christmas Special, Christmas Market, sports activities, bouncy castles, storytelling, music, theatre, etc…
Calle Grande, Adeje
21:00 “Sabandeños for Christmas” concert
Plaza de España
Sunday, 14th of December
11:00 Walk for Life/Carrera por La Vida, in association with the Spanish Breast Cancer Association and the Association of Women with Breast Cancer
Departs from City Centre Commercial Centre.
Monday, 15th of December
17:00-19:00 Workshop – Breads of the World (December 15th – 19th)
CDTCA

21:00. Carol singing with the Armeñime Parranda Boleros.
Streets of Armeñime.
Tuesday, 16th of December
21:00. Carol singing with the Asociación Cultural Imoque.
Streets of La Postura.
Wednesday, 17th of December
20:00 ”De las posadas a los años nuevos: Nuestra Navidad” (From the inns of yesterday to the times that followed: Our Christmas) with the Adeje School of Folklore group, with the participation of the Guía de Isora Samara folk group.
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.

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Thursday, 18th of December
21:00h Celebration of the Day of Hope and blessing of the Nativity Scene at the La Viña hermitage.
La Viña.
22:30h. Carol singing by the Adeje School of Folklore.
Calle Grande, Adeje.
Friday, 19th of December
18:00 Christmas Theatre.
Asociación San Juan

20:00 Christmas Unity Concert
Participants: Adeje Municipal School of Music, Borough Folk Groups, Adeje Municipal Band, and Ballet Beanky.
Plaza de España.
Saturday, 20th of December
20:30. Living Nativity Scene, Tijoya Residents Association
Plaza de La Hoya.

Sunday, 21st of December
10:00-18:00 Arts and Crafts market. Showcase and sale of crafts, food, workshops, seasonal music…
Centro Comercial El Mirador. Playa del Duque.
18:00 Christmas craft workshop for children.
Plaza César Manrique. La Postura.

19:00 Father Christmas visits La Postura.
20:30 Gospel Concert: The Latonius & The Star Choir. Tickets €5
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.

Monday, 22nd of December
09:00- 13:00 Christmas children’s camp (from December 22nd to January 5th)
Parque Jardín Botánico. Las Nieves
19:00 Carol concert, Adeje Municipal Band.
Plaza de Salityen. Costa Adeje.
Tuesday, 23rd of December
19:00 Carol service.
Callao Salvaje.
Friday, 26th of December
19:00 “Un regalo diferente” ( A different present). Theatre performance by Teatrapa company. Entry price: a toy.
Adeje Cultural Centre theatre.

20:30 Adult storytelling
Exhibition hall Adeje Cultural Centre.
Saturday, 27th of December
17:00-19:00 Children’s workshops
19:00 “Clowneando”. Theatre performance by Reymala company.
Plaza César Manrique

Wednesday, 31st of December
23:00. NEW YEAR’S EVE, with the Wamampy, Sensación Gomera and Tejina Orchestras.
San Sebastián, La Caleta.

Saturday, 3rd of January
17:00-19:00 Children’s workshops
19:00 Puppet show “Pandilla de fuga” (Leaky Gang!) by the Tragaluz company
Plaza Cruz del Llano.
Monday, 5th of January
17:00. Arrival by helicopter of Their Majesties the Three Kings of the East and their official welcome.
Municipal Football Stadium (El Galeón).
19:00. Three Kings Parade with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television.
Calle Grande (Adeje).

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Christmas Celebrations and Traditions, Near and Far

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Adeje is a cultural cross roads, a salad bowl of traditions and practises, and Christmas is just one of these times when we tend to remember how we celebrated this festive season in the different countries of our birth.
With people from over 120 different countries living in our multi-cultural borough, it would be virtually impossible to list all the different traditions that are represented here today. But what is interesting is how immigration over the years has seen some practises from our past travel to new lands and adapt to new communities?
Here in Spain the most obvious example at Christmas is, no doubt, the fact that Santa Claus now visits many many children in Spain – in the past he left most of the gift-giving to his good friends the Three Kings, who brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But as communities in Spain and in Adeje began to welcome families from other lands, Santa Claus agreed to include Spain in his busy schedule.
But while we now share many customs, some we still observe in our own way. For instance for most Spanish people the big Christmas meal, where family come together, is dinner on Christmas Eve. Traditional meals will almost inevitably include prawns or other shellfish, with meats or fish as part of the main course. Most businesses close at lunch time on December 24th to give people time to get home and get ready for the meal, and while small presents may be exchanged that night, the big day for presents in Spain continues to be Kings Day, January 6th. December 25th is really a day to relax, and attend religious services for those who wish to.
To those of us who are from the UK or Ireland, December 25th is the day when our children will wake up early (too early for many parents!) and search eagerly for their presents under the tree. That afternoon is when we will have our Christmas lunch or dinner- with turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes and vegetables. Regional differences may see goose served instead of turkey, in Ireland a boiled ham is frequently served alongside the turkey, in the UK ham, roast beef or roast pork may be the second meat. Cranberry sauce is standard for the turkey as well. After the main course Christmas pudding is served, often lit with a dash of whiskey as it enters the dining room, and usually accompanied by cream or brandy butter. In many households the pudding is made months in advance, and steamed on the day.
The next day is traditionally our day to relax and get over the excesses of the large meal.. In the UK December 26th is Boxing Day, the name probably stemming from the old custom in Britain of giving a ‘Christmas Box’ to tradesmen and women on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. This is turn is linked to an older tradition which saw many servants who had served the family where they worked on the 25th allowed home on December 26th, often with a box containing gifts and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food. In Ireland the day is a Feast Day, St Stephen’s Day and the day of the Wren Boys!
The Wren Boys traditionally were groups of small boys who would hunt for a wren, and then chase the bird until they either caught it or it died from exhaustion. The dead bird was tied to the top of a pole or holly bush, which was decorated with ribbons or coloured paper. On St. Stephen’s Day, the wren was carried from house to house by the boys, who wore straw masks or blackened their faces with burnt cork, and dressed in old clothes (often women’s dresses.) At each house, the boys sing the Wren Boys’ song in return for money which would be used to hold a dance for the whole village. Even today groups of Wren Boys will be seen on St Stephens day, but without dead wrens.

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Similar to the Wren Boys but not just in Ireland, Mummers would also go from house to house, and they would perform plays and wear disguises, often of straw, and ask permission before entering the house. Mummer performances would have been the first kind of folk theatre experienced in the UK and Ireland, and these would have been generally light-hearted occasions with audiences allowed to laugh and comment during the play. This tradition has also travelled with immigrant waves in previous centuries, and today you will find Mummer groups performing theatrical works in Russia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and many other parts of the world.
Christmas is a very special time in Germany too, the country which has brought us the notion of the Kris-kind, or Christ chid, which many of us have adapted to use for gift giving among groups of friends or workers. There, on December 6th, many houses receive a visit from St. Nicholas. On the night before, children place their newly cleaned shoes by the front door in the hope that Nicholas might fill them with nuts, fruits, chocolate, and sweets and not a stick which they will get if they have been naughty. The German excellence in baking and biscuit making comes into its own too at this time of year. Christmas markets are hugely popular and traditional in Germany and are held in many towns and cities during December, with hand crafted gifts and produce on offer in the most of picturesque settings. The Advent Calendar, also a German invention, is now found in many countries around the world, whether home made or shop bought, and is a lovely way for children to count down to December 25th.
The Christmas Crib first appeared in Italy though has undergone changes since then with many countries adapting the concept and adding different figures. In Sweden on December 13 young girls visit homes bringing cakes, dressed in long white robes and wearing a crown of candles like Saint Lucia. Lucia was a martyr, probably from the 4th century, who helped Christians who were persecuted by the Romans to survive by bringing them food in their hiding places, wearing a crown of candles.
Christmas is celebrated throughout the African continent by Christian communities, and there are approximately 350 million Christians in Africa. The Coptic Christians in Ethiopia and Egypt celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December in their calendar, which is the 7th of January for most of the rest of us, similar to the Russian Orthodox church. However, some Russians observe two Christmases and even two New Years, following both the church and the secular calendars.
Take care here in Spain on December 28th – while you probably won’t see Wren Boys, you might find yourself the victim of a prank or two. This is Dia de los Inocentes, which is, in a sense, the Spanish version of April Fool’s Day.
As in most part of the world celebrations are pretty spectacular on New Year’s Eve. While many of us might watch the count-down on television tuned into Big Ben in London, for Spanish people who live in the peninsula they will probably watch the clock and celebrations in the Puerto del Sol, in Madrid, though don’t forget it will be 2014 an hour earlier there. Local television stations here will be tuned to Santa Cruz, but if you are in Adeje why not go down to the plaza in La Caleta where the year will be rung in style with live music and lots of fun. Also remember to bring your grapes. In Spain traditionally people eat one grape for each stroke of the clock at midnight on December 31st, and for each grape you swallow you should have a month’s good luck in the year to come.
January 6th is the probably the most important date of the year for Spanish children. Even those who might have been good and received a present from Santa Claus in December will know that it is the arrival of the Three Kings, Melchior, Balthazar and Gaspar, that sees their ‘big’ present delivered. Parades take place in many towns and here in Adeje the Kings arrive by helicopter at 5pm on January 5th to the main town football stadium and at 7pm there is a terrific parade up Adeje’s Calle Grande with each of the Kings on a magnificent float handing out sweets to passers by. There is loads of colour and fun during the parade with a host of other characters taking part. The next day children will wake early to find out what they have been left – and hope it’s not a lump of coal!

three kings adeje
In Ireland January 6th is also celebrated, but it is know as Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Christmas, and is a day when men traditionally did all the housework. In Canada, in Quebec have a celebration called “La Fete du Roi” They bake a cake and place a bean in the middle. Whoever is the lucky discoverer of the bean, gets to be the king or queen, according to tradition.

 

Give A Little, Help A Lot…

la caleta christmas charity
It’s all relative – what might seem like nothing to you could mean a happier Christmas for someone else. So take just a few minutes of your time to pick up either a gift for a child or some non-perishable food item and drop it into the San Sebastian Commercial Centre in La Caleta this Thursday, December 19th. From 10am to 8pm people will be collecting on behalf of the Adeje social services division to help those in need, and there are many.
During the day there will be other events taking place. From 11.30 to 1pm the excellent Puchi Méndez will host a live transmission Hoy por Hoy Tajaraste, and from 5pm to 8pm the kids can go wild, with bouncy castles and other activities, while the adults can enjoy a canapé or two, or a wee cake, there will be a raffle for beauty prizes from Elixir Wellness and lots more, all taking place on the first floor of the San Sebastian Commercial Centre.

Christmas Schedule of Events in Adeje 2013

adeje christmas calendar
Friday 29th of November
6pm. BLESSING OF THE NATIVITY SCENE, El Galeón Residents Association
Adeje Municipal School of Music

29th, 30th of November and 1st of December
5pm -10pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET in Las Torres, Christmas products, food, workshops, musical performances, donation of non-perishable goods, and posting of children’s Christmas letters.
6pm. Celebration of the FIESTA OF SAN ANDRÉS with street activities. Avenida Ayya (Las Torres).

Saturday 30th of November
Celebration of the FIESTA OF SAN ANDRÉS with different activities in Armeñime, La Hoya and Fañabé. Organised by the Comisones de Fiestas.

1st and 15th of December
10am – 6pm ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET
El Mirador Commercial Centre

Tuesday 3rd of December
4.30pm. Blessing of the Senior Citizens Nativity in the Senior Citizens Centre, Adeje Cultural Centre.

Thursday 5th of December
En la Calle Grande
5pm – 12 midnight, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, theatre, music, sports, donation of non-perishable goods and posting of children’s Christmas letters, “Adeje vive la Navidad” (Adeje celebrating Christmas).
5pm – 12 midnight. CHRISTMAS MARKET.
5.30pm Workshops, balloon modelling, bouncy castles, face painting…
7.30pm. CHILDREN’S SHOW, Christmas musical event with Komba Producciones.

Friday 6th of December
10.30am – 7.30pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET, Asociacion de San Juan, in the Asociacion de San Juan centre.

Saturday 7th of December
7.30pm. CONCERT with the Adeje Municipal Band, ‘Celebration of Saint Cecilia’. Free entry. In the Convent San Francisco.

Friday 13th of December
5pm – 10pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET, Plaza Cesar Manrique.
5.30pm. Workshops, balloon modelling, face painting and bouncy castles, donation of non-perishable goods and posting of children’s Christmas letters.
5pm – 12 midnight. II Donation of food and toys, La Caleta Residents Association, La Caleta Sports Complex
7pm. Blessing of the Nativity Scene of the Parish of San José, Parish of San José (Los Olivos).
7.30pm. THEATRE, with the Clownbaret Co. with the show, BLANCO SARTÉN.

Saturday 14th of December
5.30pm. The Aftersun group stage their work, TEATRO INFANTIL (CHILDREN’S THEATRE) ‘El traje nuevo del Emperador’ (The Emperor’s new clothes). Entry €5 adults, €3 under 12s. Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.

Sunday 15th of December
11am. Walk for Life in collaboration with the Spanish Cancer Association and Women with Breast Cancer Association.
Departs: Magma Arte & Congresos

Monday 16th of December
9pm: CAROL SINGING with the Boleros de Armeñime, Armeñime.

Tuesday 17th of December
9pm. Celebration of the DAY OF HOPE and the blessing of the Nativity Scene at the La Viña hermitage (congregation of the Sisters of Martha and Mary).
10pm. CAROL SINGING with the Adeje School of Music Folklore Group. Calle Grande.

Wednesday 18th of December
6pm. CHRISTMAS PLAY by the children’s catechism group.
7pm. Mass honouring the 25th anniversary of the Parish of the Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime).

Thursday 19th of December
8.30pm. COLLECTIVE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Participants: Adeje Municipal School of Music, Borough Folk Groups, Adeje Municipal Band, and Ballet Beanky. Plaza de España.

Friday 20th of December
5pm – 10pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET Costa Adeje
In the Salytien Plaza.
7.30pm. THEATRE ‘Luces y Sombras de la Navidad (Christmas Lights and Shadows), Asociación San Juan.
8pm. CHRISTMAS FACTORY OF ARTS.
Youth Centre

Saturday 21st of December
10am. SPECIAL CHRISTMAS INDOOR TRIATHLON
Nexsport Club, El Galeón.
8.30pm. Living Nativity Scene, Tijoya Residents Association. Plaza del La Hoya.
9pm. The Aftersun group present CABARET SHOW ‘EL VARIEDADES 2’ (VARIETY SHOW 2).
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre
Entry €8, youth and senior citizen card holders, €5.

Monday 23rd of December
7pm. CAROL SINGING
Callao Salvaje

Friday 27th of December
8pm. DONATION OF TOYS AND CONCERT WITH BENITO CABRERA, AMAZIG
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre
Entry, a toy or €5

Saturday 28TH of December
8.30PM. GOSPEL CONCERT in the Convent of San Francisco. Entry free

Wednesday 31st of December
11pm. NEW YEAR’S EVE with the Wamampy Orchestra and the Hermanos Chavéz group. San Sebastián, La Caleta.

Friday 3rd of January
8.30pm. BURKA THEATRE CO. stage the work BOCACHO DE RISA
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.
Entry free.

Saturday 4th of January
8pm. II Christmas Adeje Veterans Football Tournament
Municipal Football Stadium.

Sunday 5th January
5pm. ARRIVAL OF HELICOPTER WITH THEIR MAJESTIES, THE THRE KINGS OF THE EAST, and their official welcome.
Municipal Football Stadium (El Galeón).
7.30pm. PARADE WITH THE THREE KINGS, with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television. Calle Grande (Adeje).

Mass times over Christmas/New Year
Tuesday, 24th December
CHRISTMAS EVE
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
11pm. Callao Salvaje Church
11.30pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)

Wednesday, 25th December
BIRTH OF OUR LORD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

Saturday, 28th December
EVE OF THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

Sunday, 29th December
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

Tuesday, 31st December
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

Wednesday, 1st January
HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)
Sunday, 5th January
EVE OF THE EPIPHANY
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

Monday, 6th January
EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

 

Renew Your Passport

Don't wait till you get to the airport to check whether your passport is still in date

Don’t wait till you get to the airport to check whether your passport is still in date

The following  press release was issued recently by the Irish Embassy contained wise advice for all ex-pats who might be thinking of travelling to their home country for Christmas. However some of the specific information in the following release does apply to the Irish Embassy and Irish passport holders only.

Please take a moment to check the expiry date on your passport. You should always apply for your new passport at least three months before your current passport expires. People often realise at the last minute that their passport has expired and at peak periods, such as December or in the lead-up to the summer holidays, it can be very difficult for us to turn the application around in time for you to travel. Passports can take up to 10 weeks to process from the date a correctly completed application form with the required supporting documentation is received here at the Passport Section in the Embassy. This means that if you need a new passport for Christmas travel you should apply without delay.
Don’t forget, should you need to travel while your passport application is being processed, you can still do so if your current passport remains valid. We can return your current passport to you if you provide a prepaid self-addressed envelope, or you can go to your nearest Honorary Consulate or to the Embassy to get a copy stamped instead of sending us the original
Unfortunately, approximately half of all passport applications we receive at the Embassy contain errors, some so fundamental that the applicant has to apply afresh. This can be very frustrating for the applicant and contributes to longer processing times for everyone.
Common mistakes in filling in the form: read this and avoid them!
• Have you included the expiry date of your credit card?
• Has the credit card holder signed?
• Make sure your signature fits inside the box in Section 8!
• Take your time on section 8 and 9: if you make a mistake here, the entire application is void.
• Take care with your photos. Follow carefully the photo guidelines provided with the form. Don’t forget that the witness must write the form number on the back of your photos.
• If your previous passport was lost or stolen, the witness in Section 6 must be the same as in section 9.
• Finally, if you need to contact us, the best way is by email, madrid.passport@dfa.ie
The best way to contact the Embassy passport division is via their dedicated passports email address, Madrid.Passport@dfa.ie. If you wish to check on the status of your application, please use the online tracking system rather than email them directly, using the 11 digit tracking number that will have been on your application form.
The Embassy passport phone line is open from 09.30 – 13.00hrs, Monday to Friday on 91 436 4093. They have also introduced a handy way to avoid the hassle of a late application with an automatic passport reminder service, http://www.dfa.ie/home/index.aspx?id=81861
If you need an application form you can collect one at your nearest Honorary Consulate during their morning opening hours (their details are on our website – www.irlanda.es), or you can send an email to Madrid.passport@dfa.iewith your name, your full postal address and the number of forms you need.