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The nativity scene at Las Nieves church, La Palma island, with a kitten sleeping in the manger

Merry Christmas

Whether you celebrate Christmas or something else, I hope you have a wonderful time with whoever you most like to spend time with. In Spain, it’s traditional to wait until midnight on Christmas Eve before you put baby Jesus into the crib. Until then the manger is empty because he hasn’t been born yet. Last year in Las Nieves church, a kitten sneaked in, tested out the manger and obviously…

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Squee Sunday: baby hedgehogs

I remember occasionally finding hedgehogs in our garden in Leeds when I was a kid. We generally used to give them bread and milk, although they eat insects, snails, frogs, toads, snakes, birds eggs, carrion, fruits, mushrooms, grass roots. I was with an Iranian friend when she saw one for the first time, and that’s when I realised how very odd they look if you’re not used to them. They’re related…

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