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It’s Christmas Eve and once again the big day has approached faster than an easyJet flight leaving Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning. (What, too soon?)

A common theme through the Countdown to Christmas of previous years (with some exceptions) is that I mark my last day of work before the festive break with a suitably-themed video, and Christmas Eve with a Santa-themed video.

Today, however, is also my last day of work, although having successfully completed the last of my wrapping last night (normally a job for Christmas Eve – I am a man, after all!), I don’t mind one last (futile) opportunity to clear my to-do list before Christmas.

As it’s my last day of work, I have decided to stick with this theme for today’s main video. There may or may not be a bonus Santa-themed video later on.

And today I am offering another Catalan video, released last month by the band PeTaCa (Petit Taller de Cançons) and entitled Bressol d’hivern (Winter Crib). Rather fittingly, it focuses on families and friends coming together to spend the period with people who matter to us.

The lyrics roughly translate* as follows:

When the winter surrounds us with its cold
When the snow teaches us the veil

When the moon becomes big and kisses the Earth
it bleaches it with peace
When the fire dyes our childhood
a nostalgic yellow, we extend a hand

Like yesterday, we feel a desire:
to be able to share the day and the night

When the fears leave us
feeling tenderness, we see the beauty
When the home becomes a great beacon
which brings together nostalgia, we dream of hopes

Like yesterday, we feel a desire:
to be able to share the day and the night

The white star guides our life
showing us the way to the blue sky
Its light doesn’t want violence
only the innocence of being together
The white star guides our life
showing us the way to the blue sky
Its light doesn’t want violence
only innocence

When friends, lovers and families
are reuniting
When infants, playing to be great
always move us and excite the world

Like yesterday, we feel a desire:
to be able to share the day and the night

The white star guides our life
showing us the way to the blue sky
Its light doesn’t want violence
only the innocence of being together
The white star guides our life
showing us the way to the blue sky
Its light doesn’t want violence
only innocence

* Roughly translated by me, so apologies for any errors!

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