‘Christmas is too sparkly’… Said no one ever! I see Christmas stuff everywhere I look, yet I still can’t get enough of it. I simply love all those lights. They not only look beautiful at night, they also mean a lot to me. I tell you, I have tons of childhood memories connected with them!
Have you ever wondered how other countries celebrate Christmas? A lot of them have similar customs as we do, but some have their own national traditions as well. I came across one of them like two years ago when I was studying Spanish at my previous high school. I’d love to show you a video about Lotería de Navidad, which is organized in Spain every year in December, because when I saw it for the first time, it broke my heart and fixed it all at the same time. It’s like an advertisement of Allegro, but from Spain. It moves me the same way.
The famous Spanish lottery is always held on December 22 and the biggest prize is called ‘el gordo’ which literally means ‘the big one’ or ‘the fat one’. Spanish people even created some phrases to talk about it, such as ‘tocarle el gordo a alguien’, which means ‘to win el gordo’.
El Gordo has a value of 4,000,000€ per whole ticket. After people get to know the results, in the morning all of the newspapers’ headlines tell the world who actually won. As there are thousands of losers, hope is the last thing to be lost, and the most heard line in the afternoon of December 22nd is always ‘oh well, at least we have our good health’.
As it’s just a few days left until Christmas, I wish you all the best and I hope you’ll enjoy your Christmas break. I believe that when you only want what you can’t really buy, that’s when you’re a mature person, so I wish you lots of happiness and joy. I hope you’ll spend this time with your family and you all will prepare yourselves for a new year, which, I hope, will make you meet new people and will bring you new memories and adventures!