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.