Hope is the word..we’re hoping for snow, maybe in January as has been the case so often in recent years – the image above shows a scene from last January. This year, despite looking like being a “super-Niño year” in meteorological speak, the day of el Niño brings us only brown snowless hills. Well, maybe i should say..due to its being a super-Niño year, but who knows? It’s true that even in so-called “normal” years it is increasingly rare to have any serious snowfall in December..indeed before mid-January. So, once more, we turn our prayers to the Kings, Los Reyes, the primary gift-givers locally, and their January 6 feast-day, which was known as Nollaig Beag (Little Christmas) in the ancient Éire of my youth. But the forecasts are not good..even looking forward to January, the meteo models presage very little in the way of white stuff for us in Spain.