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Mijas Life E-Zine - December 2015
December 16, 2015
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E-Zine December 2015

Well here it is! Our first Newsletter AND Christmas, it's a great time for us here at MijasLife.com and we hope it is for you too.We've had an amazing few years building our site and we've finally seen all our hard work pay off. We continue to get about 15,000 visitors to our site each month, from an astonishing 60+ countries around the world. These statistics are way above those that we anticipated when we first started - and for that we thank YOU!

So what's going on in Mijas. Well as we head towards Christmas there's all kinds of things to watch out for within the area. You´ll find Christmas markets in different parts of the Ayuntamiento, such as in La Cala de Mijas and Calahonda. These markets help to remind you that Christmas, is in fact, just around the corner. Which is difficult to remember sometimes due to the gorgeous weather we've been having, with temperatures regularly in the mid 20º's. It makes us laugh at just how much we've acclimatised to the weather here in Spain. We're walking around in jeans, boots, scarves and jackets and holiday makers are still wearing shorts and flip-flops!

As usual, Mijas Ayuntamiento have been very busy putting up Christmas decorations and lights around the streets and roundabouts in the area. This has of course been very difficult in the Pueblo itself, due to the huge amount of building work being carried out around the Plaza Virgen de la Peña. It´s a tough time for the shops and restaurants in the Plaza area, but once the work has been completed they should definitely be reaping the rewards.

Watch out for the concerts taking place in the Teatro Las Lagunas. Today, Wednesday 16th December, you´ll find the traditional Christmas Concert by the students of the Conservatory of Music. It starts at 20.00 and has free entry, but only while seats are available. On Tuesday 22nd December you've got the chance to watch the People's University in Mijas perform Christmas music, theatre and dance. It starts at 18.00 and again seats are free until they're full, so get there early.

For those of you who want to get some shopping done at the weekend, just a reminder that the majority of shops in the Mijas area (including the Miramar shopping centre) will be open on Sunday 20th and Sunday 27th December. Why the 27th? Well don't forget that people in Spain celebrate 3 Kings Day on January 6th, when the 3 Kings were said to arrive in Bethlehem with the presents of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.Their arrival is celebrated in a big way here with parades in every town in the region on the 5th January. There are normally highly decorated floats driven around the streets with the 3 Kings throwing sweets to the children who flock to the events in huge numbers.

Before heading into the New Year, you may come across an opportunity to join in with a traditional Spanish New Year party. This will normally include 12 grapes given to each person to bring in the New Year. The idea is that as each chime of the clock at midnight, you eat a grape. Here´s a tip - make sure you use seedless grapes! It can get a bit much if you don't want to swallow the seeds whilst trying to cram a grape in your mouth every second the bell bongs. We've tried it every year and still haven't managed to eat them all by the time the bells stop.

So good luck with your Christmas and New Year celebrations. We hope you all have a fantastic time, and we look forward to being of assistance to you all again in 2016!

Best Wishes from John and Sue x
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