Our first holiday season in Portugal
Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo!
Well, it all looks very magical. I know since you left the reservation you are not what one would call “religious” and I am pleased to see that the fun stuff of the season exists in your adopted country. Santa, Christmas lights, shopping, finger food, shopping, amusement rides, shopping, partying, shopping. OMG, it’s like being in the USA. Of course, the other part of Christmas in Portugal will show up in all the churches and cathedrals around the country on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Then, again at the Epiphany 12 days later. Those Wisemen took the long route! Merry Christmas, my dears!
We have lived in Germany now for 7 years and we love the Christmas markets! And not just in Germany. We have enjoyed markets in France, the Netherlands, Austria, Hungary and Estonia as well! Looking forward to the Portuguese markets next year!
Boa festas! A really nice post, Nancy. We've enjoyed looking at the lights and visiting the markets. Your observation is spot on: There is a decidedly different feel about it all.
Aren’t you guys going to have a party and invite all of us faithful readers ?!! :-)
Hope you and Denise have a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2022!!
Nancy, wonderful write up on the holiday season. When I see pictures of Caldas and now Obidos, it is a real sense of the true spirit of CHRISTmas and the gathering of families and community during this religious holiday. The beauty of Portugal is it is not just this one Festas (holiday), they celebrate and embrace all of them will equal joy and sense of family and community alike. Wishing both of you a very Feliz Boa Festas.😘😘😘😘
Love your blog! I cover many of the same topics and theme in mine: pastorbrucesblog.com.
I am publisher and creative director of Portugal Living Magazine (portugallivingmagazine.com) and would love to publish one (or more) of your blogs in our magazine! Boas festas e Feliz natal.
Happy Holidays! Beautiful share of simpler times based on family and joy! I’ll be arriving in Lisbon on Jan 12 and curious about 10-day lockdown; is this the remote worker lockdown from Jan 2-9? I’m in denial about canceling my trip. Any thoughts are very helpful. Thank you!