Christmas time has come! This celebration starts earlier in UK than in Spain. It may be so as a result of having shorter days and that the sunlight becomes weaker.

This is a truly magical season and you can feel it in the air; the streets are lit with colourful adorns, people shows their kindness and decorate their homes and gardens with Christmas Trees, coloured fairy lights and leaves and berries.


Every year in December, Jesus Christ’s birth is celebrated. This is a beautiful month that brings families and friends together to share their love and traditions they have had around for centuries. However, despite being so linked to Christianity, many aspects of the celebration find their origins in the Pagan traditions of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. This includes the evergreen pieces they bring into their homes, for instance.

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The main day for Christmas celebration in Britain is on Christmas day. On the 25th December, the whole family gather around a delicious and well-prepared Christmas lunch at midday and share their best wishes and gifts. This meal often includes roast turkey, potatoes and some vegetables. After the main course, a Christmas pudding is usually eaten. But do not forget about the most popular one on Christmas Day in England…Mince Pies!

As well, many churches hold special services the night before Christmas day ‘Christmas Eve’, and the day after.


Some of these traditions were adopted by the Romans and early Christians. In Victorian times, some new ideas such as Father Christmas (Santa Claus), Christmas cards and crackers were added to the celebrations.


I highly recommend, if you can take the chance, to visit English Christmas’ Markets. Is a really mystical and enchanting experience to live with someone whom you can share a typical mulled wine cup, having large walks around, staring at their ornaments or tasting exquisite products.


And what would be a Christmas without snow? It is also much related to Christmas in Britain, and one of the main reasons was the book ‘A Christmas Carol’ written in the XIX by Charles Dickens. When he was a child, Britain had a very heavy snow falls around Christmas, so when he wrote the book he put a lot of snow in it!


So…get ready because Christmas is here and prepare your snow-balls!!




Autor: Marina Navas

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En- Proverbs

Autor: Marina Navas

Every culture has a collection of wise sayings that offer advice about how to live your life. These sayings are called «proverbs». 
Word origin: via Old French from Latin prōverbium, from verbum Word.
A short popular 
saying, usually of unknown an ancient origin, that expresses effectively some common place truth or useful thought; adage. They are often metaphorical. We can discover the source in both the Bible and Medieval Latin, which have played an important role in distributing proverbs across Europe. That is why we can find proverbs borrowed from similar languages and cultures, although almost every culture has its own. Moreover, proverbs are used in many different fields. Film, music, cartoons or advertisement are ideal channels to represent their reflection or to achieve goals.Many of them can catch our attention. Despite we cannot attend to most, we are going to focus in two well known.

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
This suggests that the ability to work is of greater benefit than a one-off hand out.
May the origin be a further confusion, it is said it is actually originated in England in the 19th century. Anne Isabella Ritchie, who was a studious young woman, wrote a story titled Mrs. Dymond, sometime in the 1880s and it includes this line:
«He certainly doesn’t practise his precepts, but I suppose the patron meant that if you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour; if you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn.»
So, the proverb dates from 1885 or shortly before and there is every reason to suppose that it was coined by Anne Ritchie.

“You can’t judge a book by its cover.”tyuiop
Things sometimes look different than they really are. One should not form an opinion on someone or something based purely on what is seen on the surface.
It can be inspiring when someone is looking for a book to buy and read, that the first thing catching their attention is the cover of the book. Based solely on the cover, a person may decide whether a book is or not for them. However, if the person would have opened up the book and look at what’s inside instead of overlooking it, they may have found it to be pretty interesting after all. This is also applied to people and their judgement just basing on the appearance instead of looking in what is on the inside.
The phrase goes back to at least the mid-19th century, as seen in the newspaper Piqua Democrat, June 1867:
«Don’t judge a book by its cover, see a man by his cloth, as there is often a good deal of solid worth and superior skill underneath a [???] jacket and yeller pants.»

Top 10 places to celebrate Halloween

Autor: Yasmin Haddad Zaimi, @jasminitaaa


1. Salem, Massachusetts:

The famous city of Massachusetts is the perfect showcase for addicts terror. Place where the famous trial of Witch Hunt took place in 1692



2. Bran, Romania:

You can visit Bran Castle, where Dracula is said to have lived, as well as areas like Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle thatwere associated with Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century.


3. London, England:

Experience the capital’s most blood-curdling history at The London Dungeon. This interactive museum and popular tourist attraction includes a variety of frightening tours from Bloody Mary: Killer Queen, to Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. Other fun and spooky activities include the Highgate Cemetery, the Tower of London and William Shakespeare’s Globe Theater.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana:

Take a Spirit Tour and wind your way through cemeteries and the haunted Vieux Carre neighborhood. Make a pit stop at a voodoo temple that is still in use today.

5. New York, New York:

Explore the dark side of the city that never sleeps by dropping by the Nightmare Haunted House for a terrorizing experience, or muster up your most creative costume for New York’s Village Halloween Parade.

6. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:

The Bytown Museum in Ottawa is considered one of the most actively haunted places in Canada and six ghosts have been known to call it home

7. Tombstone, Arizona.

8. Forks, Washington.

9. Orlando, Florida:

Halloween Horror Nights is an after-hours event that takes place in the Universal Studios theme park. It’s complete with several haunted houses and «scare zones» along with Halloween shows and entertainment. For those who are easily spooked, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, is the perfect night out.

10. Long Beach, California:

In likable Long Beach, The Queen Mary transforms into the Ship of Terror with macabre mazes and some truly terrifying surprises.




Autor : Yasmina haddad zaimi  ,@jasminitaaa


Halloween originated as a pagan festival in parts of Northern Europe, particularly around what is now the United Kingdom. Many European cultural traditions hold that Halloween is a time when magic is most potent and spirits can make contact with the physical world. In Christian times, it became a celebration of the evening before All Saints’ Day. Immigrants from Scotland and Ireland brought the holiday to the United States.

In America, Halloween stands for a congregation of both religious and pagan beliefs, rituals and traditions. Irish immigrants were the ones to bring the festival to America. In 1840, during their escape from their country’s potato famine, they came to America and made it familiar with

Halloween. Anoka, Minnesota, was the first city in America to conduct Halloween celebration officially, in 1921. Every year on October 31, Americans celebrate Halloween with complete zeal and enthusiasm. The festival is celebrated to pay tribute to the departed souls of the near and dear ones. It is believed that the souls of the dead relatives come to earth to visit their living relatives.

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Halloween is usually celebrated amongst family, friends and, sometimes, co-workers. However, some areas hold large community events. Parties and other events may be planned on October 31 or in the weekends before and after this date. Adults may celebrate by watching horror films, holding costume parties or creating haunted houses or graveyards.

A popular tradition followed by American children on Halloween is trick-or-treaters. This is a fun game where the children dressed up in fancy costumes go from house to house asking “trick or treat?” In this game, the children mildly threaten the house owners about doing some mischief, if they are not given treats. In North America, the idea of trick-or-treat hails from the belief that one must be kind to the departed souls, lest they play a trick on the person. Neo-pagans in North America consider Halloween to be the turning point between the old and the new year. Besides, the festival marks the gateway between the living and dead world. They believe that the two worlds come closer during this festival, which facilitate their communication with the ancestors.

Some families carve lanterns with ‘scary’ faces out of pumpkins or other vegetables or decorate their homes and gardens in Halloween style. These were traditionally intended to ward off evil spirits