As many of us prepare to celebrate the Christmas holidays, I thought you might like a glimpse of what Christmas in the Azores is like.

Azoreans, for the most part, are very religious people. Most are devout Catholics and look forward to the opportunity to celebrate at religious festivals. Every town has at least one church and town square that was, and still is, central to life in the islands. At this time of year, the churches and town squares come alive with Christmas lights and decorations. It's really quite pretty to see. I'll share a few pictures of the streets and churches in Ponta Delgada, the capital of Sao Miguel Azores.

Azores Christmas

Christmas in Ponta Delgada Azores
Photo by P Belchior

Christmas in Sao Miguel Azores

Downtown Ponta Delgada Church

Christmas in Sao Miguel Azores
Photo by P Belchior

When I was there in December 2009, the weather was cool but comfortable. A light jacket was more than enough to be comfortable. As I walked around town with mom and dad, we came across a youth group that was roasting chestnuts as a fundraiser. The three of us really enjoyed them, especially dad as this was a great treat when he was growing up in Sao Miguel.

This will be the last newsletter for 2010. With that in mind I want to thank you for subscribing to this e-zine. It's been wonderful seeing more and more people signing up. And it's fun hearing from new people from all over the world that share my interest in the Azores Islands and from those thinking of going for the first time.

Please stay in touch and continue to watch this site grow. I have a lot of ideas for content that I want to share. I am continually making more trips and improving my web design, writing and photography skills. I am making plans to visit Santa Maria this summer and can't wait to bring you more photos and reviews from the sunniest Azores Island.

See you in the new year!

All the best,
Rob Belchior