By Jason Moore

WHEN I first arrived in Majorca back in 1975 I remember going to our local shop to get some food essentials. The little Majorcan woman looked in amazement when my parents asked for Bisto gravy, Colman´s mustard and Tea! I can still remember her face and I still have a quiet smile to myself when I remember the story. In those days there were little or no British food products on sale on the island, satellite television was just a dream and Christmas crackers a distant memory. In those days Spain was Spain. Christmas hardly celebrated and local customs reigned supreme.

Our local postman was always amazed at all the Christmas cards we received because in those days they were unheard of in Majorca. Times have changed and the island has become a very cosmopolitan place and everything is readily available from stilton cheese to of course crackers. The one thing which I do remember back in 1975 and which is still here today, is this newspaper which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Quite a milestone for a newspaper, especially one in a foreign language in Spain. Interestingly, we bought our first Christmas tree in Majorca from an advertisement in the Bulletin! So one of my earliest Christmas memories on Majorca is of the Bulletin. So on that note I would like to wish all readers a very happy Christmas and thank you for all your support during the year. Thank you and enjoy the festive period.

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