Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

They sometimes say that the more things change, the more they stay the same, but while things have certainly changed in 2018, they could change even more profoundly next year. Let’s hope, then, that whatever happens with regard to Brexit, things will stay the same in ever so many other respects, particularly in terms of the peace and prosperity Europe has enjoyed in the 70+ years since the end of the Second World War. Even here in the Canaries change must come, however, because the traditional carol, Vamos Cantemos Somos Siete (Let’s sing we are seven), remains hugely popular in these islands but the seven are now eight, with La Graciosa officially included this year as one of the Canaries. The carol, in the video below, is a great regional favourite, and in a changing world these islands are a comforting home so I hope you like it too if you haven’t heard it before.

In astronomical terms, also, today is very significant in terms of change because it is the winter solstice, and so as the year turns from the dark towards the light once again, it’s time to wish everyone who reads In Tenerife a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you all have the reassuring comfort of continuity and security this Christmas even in the midst of tumultuous change. Thank you all for your support over the past year, whether here, or on Facebook or twitter, and I hope that 2019 will be happy and healthy, and prosperous and peaceful, for us all as we navigate into a future unknown.


  1. Totally agree with everyone who has praised your excellent site.I too read it every day. Keep up the good work Janet and a very happy Christmas to you and your family. Lets hope for a brighter 2018.

  2. Thank you Janet.
    A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you too.

  3. Thank you for all your useful information Janet Merry Christmas.

  4. Merry Christmas Janet and a very Happy New Year. Thank’s for all of your invaluable help and advice.

  5. Hola and very best wishes. Your site informs and inspires further research – whilst being a lesson to all ( (especially the manically angry on FB ) that it is possible to get the facts and opinion aired without verbal abuse. Thanks

  6. Janet- thank you so much for maintaining your incredible web site. I read it most days – both in the UK and when in Tenerife. It is truly a magnificent rescource. My best wishes for a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.

  7. Keep up the good work Janet it is very much appreciated. I read your news regularly both in The UK ( South Wales) and when I am Tenerife. Thankyou

  8. Feliz Navidad J xxxx

  9. I read your site most days and would like to thank you for all the news, information and advice you provide.

    You obviously put in a lot of work and it is appreciated.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  10. Thank you Janet. I wish you a Happy Christmas too.

    And a big thank you for all your hard work throughout the year, it is much appreciated

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