Get ready for Xmas with Italian vocabulary!

Hi guys,


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.

That said, is time for you to learn some Italian vocabulary for the Christmas season! Don’t forget to copy&paste them into your personal vocabulary. Have fun playing with these new words!


Buona Natale e  Felice Anno Nuovo!


Advent   L’Avvento

Advent calendar   il calendario dell’Avvento

Candle   una candela

Christmas   Natale


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


If you do not have the time to learn Italian, you might need Italian translation services provided by PoliLingua


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