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Can you spot the Basque Santa Claus/Father Christmas perched on the City Hall of San Sebastian, Spain?
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Myths and legends are an important part of holiday traditions...and can be a cultural attraction for many destinations.  Though less well-known than Santa, Olentzero is the Basque version of the gift-bearer who comes on Christmas Eve to bring gifts... except Olentzero is a Basque coal maker who comes down from the mountains.  Originally, Olentzero was not such a benevolent figure...but over time, his story and image have changed.
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Today, during the holiday season, an effigy of Olentzero is carried on a chair through Basque towns while people sing carols.  At the end of the parade, the effigy is typically burned.
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What holiday legends and myths have you grown up with?
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Photo and caption: @euliakim
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Can you spot the Basque Santa Claus/Father Christmas perched on the City Hall of San Sebastian, Spain? . . Myths and legends are an important part of holiday traditions...and can be a cultural attraction for many destinations. Though less well-known than Santa, Olentzero is the Basque version of the gift-bearer who comes on Christmas Eve to bring gifts... except Olentzero is a Basque coal maker who comes down from the mountains. Originally, Olentzero was not such a benevolent figure...but over time, his story and image have changed. . . Today, during the holiday season, an effigy of Olentzero is carried on a chair through Basque towns while people sing carols. At the end of the parade, the effigy is typically burned. . . What holiday legends and myths have you grown up with? . . Photo and caption: @euliakim . . #sansebastian  #donostia  #basquecountry  #euskalherria  #spain  #españa  #olentzero  #traditions  #legend  #basque  #santa  #christmas  #holidays  #holidayseason  #navidad  #cultura  #travelgram  #europe  #travelphotography  #traveling  #awesomeearth  #instagood  #beautifuldestinations  #DestinationStewardshipCenter  #wonderful_places  #viaje  #instatravel  #picoftheday  #wanderlust 

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