keeping on with our Xmas tour around the world, today we arrive in Italy!
In Italy, the so-called bel paese (beautiful country) like in most European countries, Christmas celebrations are a time for family and friends! Most regions celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, usually starting with a big dinner on the 24th night based on fish dishes and keep on celebrating until Xmas Boxing Day on the 26th. The typical Italian dessert for these celebrations is the Panettone or the Pandoro, type of sweet bread loaf with a cupola shape that contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest as well as raisins, which are added dry and not soaked. Nowadays many other variations are available such as plain or with chocolate. It is usually served with a sweet wine (moscato) and a cream of mascarpone.
Italians are well-known for their Nativity Scenes (presepe). Most families still set up a Nativity Scene in their house. Arrangements are pretty complex and truly elaborate: beside the manger, the cradle, Joseph and Many, the donkey, the ox, they usually include animals, plants, ponds,houses, artisans, shepherds with their flock, angels and so on. On the 6th of January, the Three Kings with their gifts are added to the scene.
The Italian tradition of the Nativity Scene originates with St. Francis of Assisi, who in 1223, in Greggio (Umbria), for the first time represented the Nativity with a live scene. The first sculptural representation of the Italian Nativity scene is from the late ’200, when it only included eight figures: Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the donkey, the ox and the Wise Men.
Buona Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo!
Advent calendar il calendario dell’Avvento
Candle una candela
Christmas carol canto di Natale
Christmas present un regalo di Natale
Christmas tree l’albero di Natale
Happy Holidays! Auguri!
Merry Christmas! Buon Natale!
New Year’s Day il primo giorno dell’anno
New Year’s Eve la notte di San Silvestro – l’ultimo dell’anno
reindeer la renna
Santa Claus Babbo Natale
snow la neve
snowball una palla di neve
snowman un pupazzo di neve
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