When I checked the statistics before posting this, I see that there have been 146,887 visitors to this blog, from 170 countries worldwide. I am astonished, gratified and humbled that the blog has such a reach - by most accounts there are 196 distinct countries in the world, and that there are people with an interest in pastel in 170 of them is amazing. (What's wrong with the other 26, you might ask!)
There is no way I can greet 170 nations in their native languages. So, in the languages of the blog, I would like to wish everyone world-wide a peaceful Christmas, if you celebrate it, or at least a peaceful holiday season, and a busy, joyful New Year.
Bonne fêtes, Joyaux Noël, Feliz Navidad to all 214 of my followers too, and especially to those who take the trouble to comment, or to email me.