This Christmas

It didn’t happen until today that I got to feel the merry spirit! Throughout the past weeks none of the insinuating Xmas allegories managed to get me into the mood even though the festive attitude already evolved out of its prevailing pattern by the beginning of November. I couldn’t feel more regardless towards the gradual attack of promising bubbles than to any other suggestive event. An odd discrepancy towards the most loved and loathed period of all for I can affirm that if it wasn’t for the songs, the food and the wine I would have not felt the Xmas spell on me by now.

In Germany, people get together as soon as the Christmas market opens as there is nothing as exiting and as fulfilling as a friends gathering on one of the mulled wine stands. Wrapped in thick winter clothes and surrounded by a cloud of hot steam coming from the cauldron no one minds the cold. Hence for me it used to be the smell, the well prepared Glühwein, the Xmas candies and the winter cold that made the atmosphere and eventually got me into the merry mood. In Barcelona we have small markets equally crowded though but less inspiring however since inspiration is up to oneself and mulled wine is served here too after all the size doesn’t matter. It takes a bit longer to feel jolly but it does strike in the end.

Talking about mulled wine, Glüwein or what I have been drinking here most; Swedish Glögg I can recommend Café Suec in Gracia where you get it served the traditional way with nuts, raisins and ginger biscuits. For me, the most stirring Christmas suggestion since the Christmas market I used to enjoy so much. When you prefer to drink Glögg at home you can get it in Ikea or you make your own Glühwein and add the complements yourself as follows:

There are as many variations how to make Glühwein as there is wine so I picked the most classic one:

  • 1 bottle good red wine
  • 0,5 l water
  • 250 ml Port wine
  • 6 cloves
  • 3-4 berries clove pepper
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 tea spoons sugar
  • 1 lemon slice
  • Optional 1 orange slice
  • Optional raisins and nuts
  1. Boil the spices in water and then let boil on low fire during 20 minutes
  2. Remove the spices through a strainer and add the wine
  3. Add the port wine and the sugar and stir
  4. Heat thoroughly, but do not allow boiling!
  5. Decorate with lemon or orange and serve with raisins and nuts

Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad – Frohe Weihnachten

17 Responses to “This Christmas”
  1. Shannon dice:

    Love your blogs Barbara! Merry christmas to all of you

    Shannon Russell

  2. Feliz Navidad, merry christmas Shannon, hope you are pampering yourself with some good wine?!


  3. xavi dice:

    Bon Nadal Barbara, and all bloggers!!
    Por fin escribo algo en el blog…
    Te deseo que pases feliz día, y que comas y bebas mucho (sin pasarse, eh?) que yo haré lo mismo.


  4. Bon Nadal! Yes por fin, pero mejor tarde que nunca!
    Que disfrutes de las fiestas (je je sin pasarse que lunes toca trabajar otra vez) – no te preocupes lo de los drinks lo tengo controlado igual que tu 😉



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