2011: Our Life in Pictures

Presenting a 2011 recap in pictures rather than words...enjoy!

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Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

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¡Felices Fiestas!

Gingerbread House by katiemetz, on Flickr

In the early days of my blog, I wrote a post lamenting the fact that I couldn't celebrate Christmas with both my American family and my Argentine one. Three years later, I still haven't succeeded in bringing everyone together at one table, but for the first time, I am blessed to be able to share in an American Christmas celebration with my Argentine hubby at my side.

We're having a ball here with my family, and it's been fun documenting all of Daniel's firsts here in Yanquilandia (first time eating Chinese food, going on a hayride, picking out a real Christmas tree, etc.). I also had the opportunity to meet up with my blogging buddy Norma from Platanos, Mangoes and Me! in New York City, for a wonderful adventure that I promise to write about soon. If you're interested, take a look at my photos (so far) from our trip to Philadelphia and my quick jaunt to NYC.

I'd like to wish all of my readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. May you all have a joyous holiday filled with peace, love and light.

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Tuesday the 13th | martes 13

13 by chrisinplymouth, on Flickr [used under Creative Commons license]In the Spanish-speaking world, it's Tuesday—not Friday—the 13th that carries the threat of bad luck. The number 13 has long been linked with misfortune in both the Anglo-Saxon and Hispanic cultures, but how did Tuesday, rather than Friday, come to signify a day of mala suerte?

The combination of unlucky number 13 and Tuesday may have arisen during the Middle Ages, as the city of Constantinople fell to the Muslim Turks on a Tuesday. Christians of the period considered this event to be most inauspicious, and it seems that Tuesday's reputation remained forever stained as a result. Another possible explanation lies in the origins of the Spanish word for Tuesday. Martes stems from the name of the Roman god of war, Mars, and as Tuesday is ruled by this deity, the day became associated with destruction, violence and bloodshed. Lastly, legend holds that the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel took place on Tuesday the 13th.

If you're the superstitious type, take heed of the following Spanish proverb that advises against marrying or traveling on Tuesday the 13th.

En martes 13, no te cases ni te embarques.

Has anything unlucky ever happened to you on Tuesday (or Friday) the 13th?

[Photo credit: chrisinplymouth]

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Holiday Traditions in Argentina

Postal Felices Fiestas by seiho, on Flickr [used under Creative Commons license]The holiday season in Argentina kicks off on December 8 with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (El Día de la Virgen) and runs straight through to Three Kings' Day (El Día de los Tres Reyes Magos) on January 6. Late-night dinners filled with family, presents under the tree and inside children's shoes, sweltering heat, and even fireworks on Christmas form part of the celebrations. Learn about the Argentine traditions and foods linked to this festive time of year in my article for Hispanic Kitchen.

What are your favorite traditions at this time of year?

[Photo credit: seiho]

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