However, these aren’t just any old nativity scenes. Why? Because, if you look closely, you will see traditional Mallorcan trades represented by exquisitely moulded figurines.
Mallorca at Christmastime smells of freshly cut wood burning in the fireplaces, of pine and
moss, of fresh tangerines, and of hot almond milk made using old wooden machines that the grandmothers of times gone by used to grind the grain.
As we continue to be guided by our senses in this magical atmosphere, listen carefully for the Mallorcan Christmas sounds, like Sibil.la, a song of medieval origin which has been awarded the prestigious title of Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. It’s a song that you can hear in most Mallorcan churches on Christmas Eve during Midnight Mass, where they’re also known as matines.
After hearing those angelic sounds, we’re suddenly enveloped by the aroma of freshly-made ensaimadas and chocolate. There are many century-old chocolate shops and ovens on the island that serve them after Christmas dinner.
Christmas in Mallorca is very much influenced by its typical gastronomy. The whole family gathers on the 25th of December to enjoy traditional Christmas food, such as galets, a traditional Christmas soup made with snail-shaped pasta filled with meat and cooked
in a broth for hours on a low heat. After the soup, many families tuck into to baked porcella (suckling pig) and homemade turrones (nougat of many different varieties) for dessert.
Christmas in Mallorca is full of lights. Millions of little lights illuminate the streets of the island, mainly in the historical central area of Palma, whose Christmas decorations invite you to take a walk and lose yourself in the city’s magical Christmas atmosphere. It’s a wonderful activity to carry out with your children, and don’t forget to attend the traditional parade of the Three Kings. Christmas with children in Mallorca truly is a magical time.
This year, and always, Mallorca is the best Christmas present of all.