“In Mallorca life is a series of fiestas punctuated by short periods of work. However, at Christmas this all changes and the fiesta enjoys an uninterrupted period in the limelight.
“From Christmas Eve until a full week after New Year, Mallorcans party and eat. In fact, Mallorca probably deserves an entry in the record books under ‘Gluttony’ for the largest amount consumed per capita during a two-week period.
“This is the time when relatives of every generation get together harmoniously under one roof for an extended period without dramas, recriminations, rivalries and the settling of old family scores over the carved turkey. Why is it that this can be achieved in Mallorca but not in England? The secret naturally lies in the stomach.
“For Christmas in Mallorca is about food, good wines, family and conversation. The word regimen, diet, is scorned and anyone vain enough to worry about their bona figura is given a cool reception.”
From my hearth to yours, Happy Holidays!
Excerpt from A Lizard in my Luggage
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