Happy Valentine’s day 💘

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

It’s already Valentine’s day again, and I feel the last one, last year was closely just around the corner 😊. It’s strange how fast the time goes at the moment. It’s like the days, weeks and months just flys away at the same time as there’s not to much that’s happen….except from corona and Covid19, and all the different restrictions we need to follow because of this. Anc maybe a bit more 😊.

I’m actually not use to “celebrate” Valentine’s day. It took a long time before this day was a day when we gave each other some romantic attention 😊. First time they ( a Norwegian newspaper) tried to give Valentine’s day a kind of attention was in 1887, without to much luck. Then they (this time the mail company) tried to give this day a kind of attention again in 1998 as well as in 1999, also this time without to much luck 💘.

In 2004 70% of the people in Norway still didn’t knew what Valentine’s day was. But in 2010 this day started to be a bit important day for couples. And in 2015 actually 73 % of the people knew what Valentine’s day was 💘.

I’m not sure when I started to give Valentine’s day my attention, but probably one time inbetween 2004 and 2010. In general I haven’t “celebrate” Valentine’s day very much, because in general I have been single this day. But I gave my kids a tiny bit attention when Valentine’s day started to be more popular in Norway. My kids got a tiny card, hearts and chocolate from me. They are anyway my biggest love in my life,- so why not give them a tiny little Valentine’s day attention? 💘

I have got some attention myself now and then like a red rose, a card or a Valentine’s day regards. I have also been invited out for Valentine’s day and when the Valentine’s day arrived my date actually did cancel the invitation and the date 😳.

But last year, last Valentine’s day was actually really, really nice. I was invited out for a cozy and nice dinner, red wine and a red rose and even a bit of attention too 🥰. It was a really nice experience and nice to experience Valentine’s day like that. I think it’s the best Valentine’s day I have experienced so fare in my life,- maybe except from the Valentine’s day when I gave my kids a tiny bit extra attention 🥰. But that’s still different, last year was actually a bit about me. And I did like that, and I hope I maybe will be someone’s special “Valentine” again one day 💘. That would be nice 😊.

This year,- well,- I gave my daughter a tiny bit Valentine’s day attention with giving her a small painting with a painted heart 🎨🧡. It’s actually a bit cool painting I did painted in 2018. So it’s some years ago, but it’s still a cool painting 😌.

The painting I gave to my daughter this Valentine’s day 🥰.

I gave this to her because I think she need a tiny bit more “touch” of the believe in love then her brothers at the moment. But when that’s said, – my daughter is doing incredible well after her bad experiences in December 2020 😊.

I have got two Valentine’s day messenge today,- that was a nice “touch” over the day. The city borders are still closed, but I don’t know if I have been invited on a Valentine’s date today if they had been open.

Me and my daughter has had a nice day today with some work, and some “garden” things. It has been a touch of summer here in South of Spain today, so we have been fixing a bit with the plants and flowers and the patios outside 🌞. No date, no special romantic attention,- but still a very nice, cozy and relaxing day 😊.

I’m not sure why or when Valentine’s day started, but I know about 3 different stories from why, where and when the Valentine’s day started. One story is from the end of 1500. It is a story that the birds began to mate on this day.  Therefore, it has become a romantic marketing on love.  Another story is about a martyr named Valentine who signed his last love letter to his girlfriend with “your Valentine” before he died.  The third story is from the Roman celebration of the goddess Juno representing women and marriage.  And February 14 was the start of a week-long Roman fertility party.

I choose to believe there’s something from every story that has created the inspiration for the “celebration” of Valentine’s day we have today 🥰.

Valentine’s day is about love and romance that’s for sure. It can be the love for your children or a romantic date or attention to and from someone you like a bit extra, have a good eye too 😊.

I hope you are happy with your Valentine’s day with or without any specific romantic attention from anyone 💘. We can create nice days for us self too, even we are single and don’t have anyone special to date or get some romantic attention from 😊.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊

This painting I gave to my daughter today as an Valentine’s day gift is in size 20*20 cm. A sweet, small painting- perfect to my daughter 🥰.

I don’t have any special “my Valentine” this year,- so I gave my daughter a bit attention instead 🥰. A painting with a sweet heart 💘. I hope you all have had a nice Valentine’s day with or without any specific romantic attention or a sweet date 💘. It’s possible to have a nice Valentine’s day even when you are single 😊.

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Will the Three Holy Kings come with carbon or gold this year? 🤴👳‍♂️👲

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

This evening is actually the parade for the Three Holy King in Spain 👑. But it would not be like the many years parade tradition this year. There will not be very much of a parade at all. And it will be very different from what the traditional parade was like. But still there will be some cultural traditions people can do this evening. The evening and night when the three Holy Kings are coming with gifts to the children 🎁.

This tradition with the parade started in 1885 in Spain, and have become more and more popular. In the beginning it was the three wise men,- Kaspar, Melchior and Baltasar, the Virgin Mary, Joseph, the Jesus Child, the animals, and the shepherd in the parade. It was to symbolize the long journey the three wise men had been riding on their camels to give gifts to Jesus Child in the hall there in Bethlehem.

During the years more and more different characters are joining in the parade. We meet both Mini Mouse, Swamp Bob and the Smurfs, and many others. And of course, – still the three Holy Kings. They became the Three Holy Kings after they had visited the child Jesus and brought him their gifts.

It’s a lots of people watching the parade and the different characters in the parade through sweets and candies to the people who watching the parade.

The sweets and candies are symbol for the gifts Kaspar, Batlhasar and Melchior had to the child Jesus.

And the Three Holy Kings comes with gifts to the children in Spain too 😊. And the children in Spain send or give their wishing- list to one of the Kings.

Student 2017

It’s also baked a special cake for this evening,- and the cake is called “el Ricón de Reyes”. The cake is created as a ring, and its cover with sweet fruits for symbolism as diamonds, jewels and gems. The cake is a symbol for the kings crone. Inside the cake there will be a plastic figure of one of the three kings. The one who get this figure is going to be “the king” the whole day 👑.

There is also a bean hidden inside the cake, and the one who receives the bean is the one to buy the cake for next year’s celebration of the three Holy Kings’ petition 🥯.

The three Holy Kings are coming to the different home and houses with gifts to the childre (and probably the adults too 😊 ) during the evening and night to the 6. January.

But the children need to put their shoes outside the door so the kings can see where they are living. Then the kings put the gifts in the shoes- if the children had been a good kid the last year. If not,- the kid get carbon as a “gift” and as an reminder to be nice for this upcoming year 😳 💚.

The carbon today is actually candy 😊.

And since the kings have been on a long travel they put out water and hay to the camel and some food to the kings. 🐫 👑.

And,- now at days the children in Spain get a bit bigger presents and gifts than before,- so the parents and adults “recommend” the kings to put most of the gifts under the Christmas- tree 🎄, and just “the reminder” of being nice or not nice in the shoes outside the door,- like a small gift or the carbon 😊.

Most of this traditions can be done this year as well, even there’s some restrictions to follow. The parade will not be like it has been for over 100 years. But the family traditions is still possible to do, like the food, the cake, the presents and the shoes outside the door 🥿. And its just a maximum of people around the table at 10 people this year. Not more, but many Spanish families in general have a bit more people around the family table under their different Holydays celebration and traditions.

I like that, that there’s still some cultural traditions that is not to much touched by the different restrictions we have in our society during the days 💛.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡 Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡

See you soon 😊.

Carbon created by sugar = candy carbon 🍭🍬

The parade for The Three Holy Kings this evening will not be as it has been in the Spanish culture and traditions for over 100 year 🐫. But I hope The Three Holy Kings will visit all and everyone, special the children, during the evening and night to 6. January 🌟. And I hope the three Holy Kings brings hope, love and believes, joy, happiness and peace to all ❤🙏.

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Different traditions are changing ⏳🌍

Hi ❣ It’s so nice to see you,- like always 😊 I hope all is fine with you 🧡

Different traditions are changing in our society and cultures. Something that’s actually normal, but not during just one year?

In general there’s always some small changes because we are so many different people living together from different countries, cultures and with different traditions. An slowly we do “adopt” traditions from each other. But during the last year the different changes in our culture traditions have changed very fast, and not because of “adoption” from other people, cultures and traditions. But because of different restrictions.

Even society traditions like hugging and kissing on the cheek is not “allowed” or “reccomend”. Not even a polite handshake are recommended anymore.

In one way there’s not many cultures and society traditions left at the moment. That’s a bit sad.

At the same time we still have some “few” left like sessions and Holyday decorations and different food traditions during the different seasons and holydays. And we can keep up some traditions in our private homes too. But there’s still many traditions, special traditions that in it’s own way “connected” the people together and created a kind of affiliation between the people in the different cultures and countries. This are in a way a bit “gone”. For a while or forever?

The different traditions is a part of the culture, and when different traditions “disappear” also a part of the culture “disappear” too. As well as the feeling of “belong” to a society.

Already last Spring the Easter traditions in Spain changed from big parades to web- religious service. Weddings- celebration are changing, and funerals are changing too. Baptism and confirmation celebrations are changing as well. Parties and celebrations of different kinds are allowed, but with different restrictions.

The big celebration of San Juan, the 23. June, in Spain, last summer did change, and the celebration of the Constitution Day, 17 May, in Norway did change as well. Like I mention, the big Easter traditions and celebration in Spain changed last year, and what about the Three Holy Kings celebration? There will not be any parade this year where the three Holy Kings are given out sweets, or funny figures with a lots of candy to the people who watching the parade.

Most of us also needed to change the Christmas- celebration and traditions as well as the New Year celebration last year.

The different changes is based on different restrictions we need to follow during this coronavirus- time. And we are changing too. The people, the humanity are changing because of the traditions and cultures are changing. Because of the restrictions we need to follow.

Traditions and cultures are a part of the society, and that part is not very much left off during this days, weeks and months we have been living with the different restrictions and the coronavirus in our society. Will our different traditions be the same after this coronavirus- situation? Will the different cultures be the same? And will the people, the humanity and society be the same?

I don’t know. I don’t have the answers, unfortunately, I have just the questions at the moment. And I will probably not have the answers either.

But I think it’s sad tha so many culture traditions and social traditions are changing so fast. It does “something” eith both the society, the people, the traditions, the culture and the feeling of affiliation to “something”. “Something” that’s in its own way are not there at the moment, or at least not in the way we are use too.

Like I mention,- it’s natural that traditions and cultures are changing, it’s actually a part of the history, but not so fast as now, and in general not because of different restrictions either.

At the same time,- people have been living together during wars and under other pandemi, and manage to keep up many traditions in their cultures and their society. So maybe it’s a tiny bit of hope that we will see the Three Holy Kings parade again one day? Or be able to give each other a “allowed” hug, or walk in the Norwegian Constitution parade? Or maybe celebrate the San Juan at the beach again or shake the hand to someone in a polite manner?

I hope so. I hope this is just “a break” and “a timeout” before we can continue our different traditions in the different cultures and our society.

I wish you a great day or evening wherever in the world you are 🧡. Thank you so much for using your time and dropping by my blog today 🧡.

See you soon 😚

A Christmas star decoration in the centre where I live- the Christmas- decorations haven’t changed (yet…..) 🌹

Traditions in different countries and cultures are changing, and the changes has happen just under a year ⏳. The changes does something with the people, the society and the feeling of affiliation. Hopefully this changes is just a “timeout”, and we will be able to walk in the Norwegian Constitution parade or watching the big Easter Parade in Spain very soon 🌹.

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