A handmade Christmas tree

A handmade Christmas tree
UNIQUE TREE: Huecija’s Christmas tree with a difference Photo credit: Huecija town hall

HUECIJA (population 486) inaugurated a Christmas tree with a difference on December 8 in the town’s Plaza del Covento.

The tree was created from hundreds of overlapping crocheted diamond-shaped motifs that were made by 28 local women, topped with a star and adorned with the traditional Christmas lights.

The lighting-up ceremony was preceded with a traditional chocolatada of hot drinking chocolate and a gift for each of the women, after which adults and children alike followed a route of QR codes, stopping to sing carols in different parts of the town.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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