King or Saint / Rey o Santa

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

IN SPAIN, INSTEAD OF SITTING on Santa’s lap for the annual Christmas photo, it’s traditional to sit on the lap of one of the Three Kings (the Magi). We never saw Santa Claus (Papa Noel) sitting around in Sevilla. It was always Balthazar. And here in Fuengirola I usually see Balthazar ensconced in a Bedouin tent surrounded by Moorish attendants. However, it’s not unusual in Fuengirola to see Papa Noel in his house from the North Pole attended by one of his elves. I prefer the Spanish tradition, simply because it’s Spanish.

Today, I was happy to see one of the Three Kings arrive on our plaza — along with fun and games for kids. Oddly, our king is seated inside a blow-up house from the North Pole and one of Santa’s elves is taking the pictures. I suppose they couldn’t find a blow-up Bedouin tent.

I managed to make an appointment (for tomorrow) to get my Covid booster. The wait between second and third shots had been six months for all vaccines, but that wait has been changed to three months for those of us who had Astra Zeneca for the first two. At last.

I have regretted my decision to not decorate for Christmas this year. I tried to find a tree last week, but the type I wanted (tall and narrow) was no longer available anywhere. So, today I bought a table-top Santa to make us both feel a bit more Christmasy. I found it at our local pet supply and gift shop, Dog & Love. While there, I also picked up another toy for Dudo and Moose. It was actually a key chain, but I cut off the ring. It’s small, lightweight, and easily flipped in the air. Moose hasn’t seen it yet. Dudo sniffed and went outside.

After several days of rain (finally, a decent soaking), clouds, and a chill in the air, today is warmer with a mix of sun and clouds. Beautiful.


EN ESPAÑA, EN LUGAR DE SENTARSE en el regazo de Papá Noel para la foto anual de Navidad, es tradicional sentarse en el regazo de uno de los Tres Reyes Magos. Nunca vimos a Papá Noel sentado en Sevilla. Siempre fue Baltasar. Y aquí en Fuengirola suelo ver a Baltasar instalado en una tienda beduina rodeado de sirvientes moros. Pero no es raro en Fuengirola ver a Papa Noel en su casa del Polo Norte atendido por uno de sus elfos. Prefiero la tradición española, simplemente porque es española.

Hoy, me alegró ver a uno de los Reyes Magos llegar a nuestra plaza, junto con diversión y juegos para niños. Curiosamente, nuestro rey está sentado dentro de una casa inflable del Polo Norte y uno de los elfos de Santa está haciendo las fotografías. Supongo que no pudieron encontrar una tienda beduina inflable.

Me las arreglé para hacer una cita (para mañana) para obtener mi refuerzo Covid. La espera entre la segunda y la tercera inyección había sido de seis meses para todas las vacunas, pero esa espera se ha cambiado a tres meses para aquellos de nosotros que teníamos Astra Zeneca para las dos primeras. Al final.

Lamenté mi decisión de no decorar para Navidad este año. Traté de encontrar un árbol la semana pasada, pero el tipo que quería (alto y estrecho) ya no estaba disponible en ningún lado. Entonces hoy, compré un Papá Noel de mesa para que ambos nos sintiéramos un poco más navideños. Lo encontré en nuestra tienda local de artículos para mascotas y regalos, Dog & Love. Mientras estaba allí, también compré otro juguete para Dudo y Moose. En realidad era un llavero, pero corté el anillo. Es pequeño, liviano, y fácil de voltear en el aire. Moose aún no lo ha visto. Dudo olisqueó y salió.

Después de varios días de lluvia (finalmente, un buen baño), nubes, y un aire frío, hoy hace más calor con una mezcla de sol y nubes. Hermosa.

• One king (sitting inside wearing an ermine-topped cape) and an elf.
• Un rey (sentado adentro con una capa con remates de armiño) y un elfo.
• Dudo is training me to let him do anything he wants (like sit on the dining room table).
• Dudo me está entrenando para dejarlo hacer lo que quiera (como sentarse en la mesa del comedor).
• Walking on the beach in the rain on Saturday.
• Caminar por la playa bajo la lluvia el sábado.
• Late for the sunrise this morning.
• Tarde para el amanecer de esta mañana.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

32 thoughts on “King or Saint / Rey o Santa”

  1. Different traditions everywhere I guess.
    Good that you getting booster. Ours is tomorrow. Our respective immunities will be ‘topped up’.
    Omicron is spreading like wildfire in Nova Scotia. So far 5 members of my family (I have a very large family here) have tested positive.
    So be safe you two.

    1. Jim:
      I know an awful lot of people with colds right now. I wonder how many are Omicron. Hope your family members are experiencing mild symptoms and feel better quickly.

    1. Debra:
      Well, isn’t Santa a gnome? I’ve got a name for ours. Tidsopti… pronounced like the Swedish Chef would say it. A tidsoptimist is someone who’s always late. And I have no idea where or when I learned that and why I remember it. His job is to make me happy.

  2. At first I thought your appointment was to see Balthazar! I wonder if he gives booster shots?
    I am so much happier to avoid the buildup to Christmas with all the ads and commercials, horrible music, and general craziness of shopping. I do love Christmas decorations – perhaps I am part magpie because I do love sparkly things – and the traditional food, etc. Your gnome is a cutie.

  3. I am generally not a fan of any inflatable decoration — like those on the plaza — but I guess the kids like them. Interesting about the Three Kings vs. Santa. I like your tabletop Santa — better late than never! (And probably a bargain, I’m guessing?)

    1. Steve:
      I never appreciated that there are those who are turned off by these inflatables. For some reason, I like them. I feel like I’m in a cartoon. The Santa/Gnome WAS on sale, but only about a 15% discount. Oh well.

      1. Steve:
        You’re absolutely right. I stopped by there yesterday and she had made the discount 25% for the other Santa/gnome. I had had a hard time choosing between them. I was tempted. Maybe today if it’s still there.

  4. If I was over there right now, I get my long hat pin out of my chapeau and deflate those things. Can’t stand them!!!!!!

    The tree I usually put up at the Casa is a tall and narrow tree. I just love it, because it doesn’t take up much room and it’s easy to get up. I think the one I get is an Alpine. I missed it this year. Love the gnome though!!!!!

    1. Mistress G Borghese:
      And I think the King was wearing Crocs (no he wasn’t). I’ll make a point of buying a tree long before next Christmas. Our days of live trees ended when we moved to Southern California. It just isn’t the same decorating a pool of needles on the floor.

  5. The only reason we had a tree was Son went out and found one. Then a few days later when I walked into the living room he had put up the lights on.
    Very quiet Christmas here. Tucson is swamped overwhelmed buried by/ with covid. We are sinking ! Brothers Open heart surgery was postponed. . . . . and then finally on the 23 he was okayed. He is out and so far so good. Best Christmas present ever.
    Hope the kitties love their gifts.

    1. Parsnip:
      So glad your brother is now doing well. The unvaccinated are seriously suffering (and spreading) through this latest Covid variant. Glad you’re staying well and safe… and that your son brought Christmas home!

  6. Those kids who sit on the Magi’s laps. If they’re good little boys and girls, will they find gold, frankincense and myrrh in their stockings on Christmas morn?

    1. Kirk:
      Gold would be a nice thing to find in one’s stocking! But the Three Kings bring the gifts on Three King’s Eve and Day. So, we’ve got another week to wait. Maybe I’ll go sit on a king’s lap… just in case. I just hope they don’t bring me myrrh or even frankincense.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I wonder what Mary thought when she opened that box. “Myrrh?!? What am I supposed to do with THIS? Do you think I have time to make perfume? I just had a baby!”

  7. You must not have been on top of Miramar’s roof. It’s a winter wonderland up there including Santa’s workshop, elves, the whole nine yards! Even fake snow blown on people and a choreographed elf dance every so often. It’s better organized than it has been. They have appointments for Santa at least so there’s not so many people waiting.

    1. Kathleen:
      I’ve never been on top of Miramar’s roof. I didn’t even know they had a roof! Maybe I need to check that out this week. The centro commercial, correct? After 4:30 today, we’ll walk over to Calle Santa Gema 18 (someone’s home), where I’ve been told there’s an incredible Belén, all hand-made.

      1. Yes on Miramar. They have a nice view from the roof at least. We want to check out the museo de la ciudad too. They always have the recycled belenes from the schools exhibit. Toilet paper roll 3 Kings here we come!

      2. Kathleen:
        Will walk over to Miramar this week. Maybe stop at the museum, too.

    1. John:
      Today is even bluer. There‘ve been people sitting on the beach and running in shorts and T-shirts (or no shirts).

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