It's been a while since I've posted here but for those of you who are interested, I still post plenty over at Barcelona Bites!
It's almost Christmas here in Barcelona. For the first time in 8 years, I won't be returning to the US this year for the holidays although Alex is going to NYC with the boys. I plan to stay here and draw, cook, read, watch bad TV, and sleep as late as I want EVERY SINGLE MORNING.
In the meantime, although I've seen some pretty odd things in my years living abroad, I have to say that some of the stuff I'm seeing around town this holiday season in Barcelona is truly taking the cake as far was weird is concerned.
Let's start with Nico's school Christmas production. I don't know about you, but when I think of the holiday plays of my youth, the images that come to mind are full of wholesome happiness and cheer. At Nico's school here in Barcelona on the other hand, they rubbed their hands together and said, "Heeeey, how about we present the darker side of Christmas? Cackle Cackle!"
Check out the finale of this year's production. You may notice that rather than Christmas trees, elves and reindeer, there is instead an evil butcher who slaughters three children (I especially love the jaunty little hop the actress makes in order to make sure the job is well finished).
Admittedly, the fact that "Sant Nicolau" comes along and brings the children back to life gives the story a happy ending. But still, dios mío people! And I thought the Grinch was a dark tale! From what I've been able to find out on the Internet, this is a legend of Saint Nicholas that is most often told in France.
If you think that's a bit odd, just wait for what I'll be posting next!
On a lighter note, here is Nico's part in the show. He is the little blond soldier with the bowl haircut in the last row of the first scene.