November 2015

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Editor’s Letter

Sometimes it’s best not to think too hard about things. The other day I heard “It’s Raining Men” on the radio and started imagining what would happen if it really did start raining men. Some of my female colleagues in the office like the idea, but the more I think about it, the more I realise it would be absolutely horrific. Another song that gets me thinking is “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day.” Are you sure about that, Roy Wood? Sprouts with your in-laws every day for the rest of your life? Shopping and football replaced forever by the Queen’s speech, Love Actually and the Dr Who Christmas Special? No, thanks – I’d rather take my chances with the screaming blokes falling from the sky. On Lanzarote, though, Christmas every day would be a much more pleasant prospect. That’s because the holidays here are nowhere near as hectic. There’s no countdown to the big day marked with advent calendars, and the relaxed, festive atmosphere continues well into the New Year. Christmas here isn’t a day, it’s a fortnight of peace, spirituality, celebration and good living. The festive season here is so laid-back and agreeable


that several holiday-makers actually come here to escape the craziness back home. This helps make it one of the busiest seasons on Lanzarote, and many of us who live here will, hopefully, be working harder than ever as a result. But most of us will also find some time to enjoy the season, and at this time of year it really does pay to look a little further afield, to get out and about and discover how Christmas is done here. You’re sure to be delighted and surprised. It’s also a time to remember that not everyone has the good fortune we’ve been gifted with, and on this tight-knit, self-sufficient little isle there are plenty of charity organisations who’ll be more than grateful for your help. In Spain they call this “contributing your grain of sand”, and nowhere knows better than Lanzarote what wonders grains of sand can create when they come together. See our guide on page 17. But above all, Christmas is for children, who will soon be eagerly waiting for a big bearded bloke to come into their homes in the middle of the night. Like I say, sometimes it’s best not to think too hard about things. Happy Christmas from everyone at Gazette Life!

The Editor

All of us at Gazette Life would like to express our gratitude to all our advertisers, contributors and readers and wish everyone the very merriest of Christmases and a prosperous New Year – we wouldn’t be here without you!

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