TUESDAY 25TH DECEMBER 2012.
Christmas Day around Monterosso
Last night, as would be expected, there was a lot of church activity in the village. The bells of the church next to our apartment were getting a full-on workout, not only with the usual peel telling us the time but there was a special Christmas ring as well.
Today we did very little other than spending time on the beach and taking a walk along the Monterosso foreshores.
If you were to paddle a kayak for 1200 km from Monterosso due south you would hit the foreshores of Tunisia.
A walking track runs from Monterosso to the east along the cliff face. Unfortunately it was closed as part of the track had fallen into the sea.
Because there is nothing much to report today I thought I would take the opportunity to show you my ‘washing folder’.
I once spoke with a woman who couldn’t hang out the washing unless the colour of the pegs matched the colour of the clothes.
Are these mourning clothes belonging to a widow or to someone who simply likes black.
A Catholic widow (according to Catholic Church law) is required to wear black for two years. After one year another colour such as white can be introduced. However if a young widow meets a desirable bloke she can abandon the black after the first year.
A most famous figure who wore black was Johnny Cash, he said, “I wear black because I like it…. it’s my symbol of rebellion against the stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.”
Tomorrow is Boxing Day. Arguments abound as to its origins; following are a couple of possible origins. A ‘Christmas Box’ in Britain is a name for a Christmas present. Boxing Day was a day off for servants and when they received a ‘Christmas Box’ from the master. Also the servants would go home and give ‘Christmas Boxes’ to their families. A box to collect money for the poor was placed in churches on Christmas day then opened the next day.