A sign that Christmas is just around the corner is the supermarket aisles are filling with boxes of chocolates, sweets, and biscuits. Not just the large supermarkets like Carrefour but the local shops in small towns like Cabo Blanco. And turrón is everywhere, the delicious Spanish delicacy only appears at this time of year, and thank goodness because it is very sweet, very yummy and kills dead in its tracks any thought of a diet. Although I don’t drink, I am rather hooked on the whiskey flavour but at a push, I will make do with traditional roasted almond. Let’s face it I’ll make do with almost any flavoured turrón. It goes down well with a nice leche leche or barraquito.
In Tenerife, the dark winter nights are celebrated with wine and chestnuts and the smell of them roasting brings back memories of snowy evenings around a blazing fire in the UK. Couple this with the Christmas lights and decorations that have appeared in shopping centres and roundabouts being decorated with figures of the wise men and angels, there is no doubt that summer has ended and winter has begun.
So with the lights now lit, the poinsettias planted, mine is already in full bloom, and although a little late this year, I have finished putting up my decorations. There may be no snow for the holiday season here in Tenerife but Christmas in the sun can still be fun.