Today is a religious holiday here in Portugal (and to clarify we are not part of Spain) it’s called “Immaculate Conception”. It is the last time we will have this holiday because of the crisis, the Portuguese government cut off some holidays. I am not very religious but I think these days are special and part of our culture it is very sad to put it to an end. It is true we have more holidays than most European countries but this shouldn’t be an available option, to just scratch off some holidays.
I don’t think most of you know much about other countries realities, and because Portugal is such a small country some of you don’t even know where it is. I can’t blame you. Here the Christmas spirit is not like other years, the news are all about everything that will happen next year. Portuguese people are a little depressed and not welcoming as they were. It's as if people were losing their soul, their identity.
It’s is sad that we have to go through this, but hopefully we will succeed.