CHESTNUTS, A YULETIDE STREET FEAST

CHESTNUTS, A YULETIDE STREET FEAST »

11 Dec, 2019
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In Madrid, as in any other self-respecting city, there are stands roasting chestnuts in strategic streets. They don’t come cheap, though. At least not in Madrid. A dozen costs between €2.00 and €3.00. But they’re veritable health food, on top of the Christmassy feeling they evoke. They can even improve brain function! Happy eating!

THE BATTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

THE BATTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE »

10 Dec, 2019
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Now that it’s Christmastime, there are “better” things to squabble about. Martinez Almeida warned that “the Christmas lights in Madrid will shine so bright you’ll be able to see them in Vigo.” Caballero shot back: “Don’t even dream of competing with me. New York tried and lost.”

WHO WOULD KIDS RATHER HAVE, SANTA OR THE MAGI?

WHO WOULD KIDS RATHER HAVE, SANTA OR THE MAGI? »

6 Jan, 2019
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Chances are that Spanish children would have both The Magi and Santa!  Think about it, two bountiful bearers of gifts instead of just one, from the East and from the West, and the Royals coming right on the jovial heels of Ho Ho Ho!

COME TO THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS FAIR OF CULTURES IN MATADERO, MADRID!

COME TO THE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS FAIR OF CULTURES IN MATADERO, MADRID! »

17 Dec, 2018
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More than 70 Christmas stands of embassies and international  institutions!

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “HOW TO GET RICH:  TRY SPAIN’S NATIONAL LOTTERY,” 15 November 1963

GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “HOW TO GET RICH: TRY SPAIN’S NATIONAL LOTTERY,” 15 November 1963 »

17 Dec, 2018
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The irrepressible tendency of citizens to risk a bit of their hard earned cash in the hope of gaining a sizeable piece of real estate in the Milky Way has been turned to good advantage. In the form of National Lotteries it provides the only form of taxation where the tax payers queue up to contribute their share of the National Expenditure and get quite a thrill out of doing so.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS HERE,” 19 December 1986

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “CHRISTMAS CUSTOMS HERE,” 19 December 1986 »

9 Dec, 2018
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Thirty-two years ago, this lovely article was published in Guidepost. Age hasn't dimmed its vividness. And Spain at Christmas, as the writer described it, still is very much the same despite Santa Claus, the Christmas trees and the Christmas lights which, on the other hand, are welcome imports. FELIZ NAVIDAD everyone!

STATESIDE STORIES: The Legend of Mistletoe, Christmas Kisses!

STATESIDE STORIES: The Legend of Mistletoe, Christmas Kisses! »

8 Dec, 2018
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Tradition dictates that a man is allowed to kiss any woman standing underneath the mistletoe, with bad luck for her all year round if she refused. But there's a very unromantic side to the little bugger: it is parasitic! It feeds on the host plant and stunts it growth.

AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID: CHRISTMAS COPA, TOYS FOR TOTS & LOTS OF FUN!

AMERICAN CLUB OF MADRID: CHRISTMAS COPA, TOYS FOR TOTS & LOTS OF FUN! »

4 Dec, 2018
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It's lots of fun in the spirit of Christmas. You simply can't give it a miss!

HOW TO TASTE, SERVE AND CONSERVE WINE AT HOME THIS CHRISTMAS

HOW TO TASTE, SERVE AND CONSERVE WINE AT HOME THIS CHRISTMAS »

26 Nov, 2018
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More than 76% of wine in Spain is drunk at home. And only 23.7% is consumed in the HORECA (hotel, restaurant, café) sector. In view of this, and the fact that we're now in the Jolly Holiday Season (aka The Wine Season), you might want to attend the wine-at-home demonstration at La Moraleja!

A Second Opinion: The New US Embassy in Jerusalem

A Second Opinion: The New US Embassy in Jerusalem »

22 Nov, 2018
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The US Embassy in Jerusalem distances it from other allies who have kept their embassies in Tel Aviv, a more modern and secured city. But Jerusalem has historically been the center of the three great religions that share their roots in the Holy Land: Muslim, Christianity, and Judaism. From the Old Testament to the New, and even in the Koran, Jerusalem still is a bright spot in the dark tragedies of the day