Christmas Tree at Piazzale Michelangelo, Firenze
I was just reading a lovely little blog by a young girl who is traveling in Italy with her family, and it reminded me of the wonderful holiday we spent there last year. Italy really loves Christmas, the celebration is so wonderful, there are lights, people everywhere and just such a wonderful feeling at this time of year. After reading Phoebe's post, I decided I would write down some of my favourite things about Christmas in Italy, many of the traditions that have followed us home to Canada.
This was set up on the lawn at a house in our village.
This one in a nearby town was life sized stuffed figures.
The lovely coffee shop in Monte San Savino, made of marzipan and profiteroles.
This was on the windowsill of a house on a busy street in Arezzo.
One of very favourites was the one in an old Fiat 500.
This was a beautiful precepe at our good friends, she has carefully collected the figures over many years. All made by the same craftsman.
This one in a church in Arezzo ran on a sound and light loop that lasted 10 minutes. There was even flowing water.
Last year we made a felted Befana and the lovely woman in the newsagent where we lived gave us a Befana stocking so we could hang it to be filled on the eve of the Epiphany. When we went through town on the evening of January 5th, there was one of the village ladies dressed as an old woman, as Befana, riding through town in a cart pulled by a donkey. The children loved it. I had one of the children at the preschool even come in the following week with a big container of 'carbona'. The 'carbona' seemed to be some sort of black honeycomb like candy, I regret now that I didn't try it while I had the chance, and as I had been good, the Befana only left candy for me;)