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Over the holiday period, my partner and I went to visit her parents at their home in Galicia near La Coruńa in Spain. When it was New year’s eve, we followed a very old Spanish tradition by eating twelve grapes, one for each of the last twelve chimes of 2010 to bring you luck in 2011.

There was the procession of the three Kings in town on the 5th January (or here we know them as the three wise men), from their floats the three Kings threw sweets at the gathered crowd.

On the 6th January with it being King’s Day, we bought and ate some Roscón, which is a sweet, ring-shaped bread/ pastry covered in glacier cherries and sugar. A plastic toy is hidden inside once it’s made, whoever finds the toy gets good luck for the next year or you may find a bean and have to pay for the meal (not so lucky).

Some towns have major competitions involving Roscón to see who can make the largest ones.

In between all of these festivities, I had some time to do some drawing on the kitchen table.

More of my work on www.wmhudson.com

I had initial thoughts of just scrapping this post entirely because it felt late since Christmas has already passed. However, quoting James Richardson in his article about easing back to reality (or work) after vacation, sharing your holiday memories with others actually helps  ‘ease the emotional letdown that coming home (or work) often fosters.’ Who knew it could be so therapeutic?

Friday 17th Dec

There was a very festive atmosphere at Art in the Park, with the Heart Gardeners putting up more Christmas decorations, lots of food being prepared, tables set and a mix of melodic music in the air and snow coming down in Burgess Park!

You may have seen from our previous post on the prepping for the Christmas wreath-making workshop.

Art in the Park artists Andrea Sinclair and Bill Hudson, supported by several volunteers, ran a drop-in Christmas wreath-making workshop last saturday in the AIP studios. Using all natural or recycled materials such as clippings of plants such as Holly, Laurel and Ivy, provided by Southwark Parks, pine cones and seed pods and colourful and glittering fabrics, threads and wires.

There was a good turnout, with lots of families and a sizeable group of Young Friends of Burgess Park. Using the same materials people made large decorations to hang on the outdoor Christmas Tree outside Chumleigh Cafe and wreaths to take away for their own homes.

Here for more pictures.

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You may have seen from our previous posts that Art in the Park’s artist Bill Hudson and his trusty assistant Brian (one of our regular volunteers) have been working on a Christmas Tree planter for Chumleigh Cafe’s Christmas Tree. Today, it was finally put up! Bill Hudson, local sculptor Will and Quadrant Park Manager Graham had to lift  the 5 metre tree with a hoist before slotting it carefully into the metal tube affixed inside the planter. It was then filled up with soil and moved to the corner outside Chumleigh Cafe.

More pictures to come when it’s decorated with lights, trinkets and bobbles.

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Get festive this coming Saturday 4th Dec with your own custom made christmas decorations for tree and door. Our Christmas decoration and wreath making workshop will use a variety of natural and recycled materials.

This is part of Chumleigh Cafe’s new tree dressing and announcement of their new cafe name, the day will see Councillor Veronica Ward (Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure, Sports and the Olympics) unveiling the winner of the cafe naming competition as well as choir singing, mulled wine and mince pies! What else do you need?

These events will take place in Chumleigh Gardens, Burgess Park with the workshop taking place in our studio.

For more information, see our website for details.

(click on image to download the flyer)

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