Tuesday, December 07, 2010

SIGNS OF CHRISTMAS

Tomorrow is the Immacolata Holiday, when Italians traditionally decorate and get ready for Christmas.  In Sicily in particular, a crib is set up in nearly every home.  The figurines are often family heirlooms and the baby Jesus is added to the scene on Christmas Eve.  These days more and more families have a Christmas tree too and I see more Santa figures around than I did when I arrived five years ago.  These scenes have cheered me up this week:

I always know it's time to get decorating when Raffaele the hairdresser puts his tree up!



I liked this fellow in Modica Bassa:



A Sicilian winter scene: café tables on a terrace, Christmas tree surrounded by winter fuchsias and a palm tree - all in the December sun.


6 comments:

lakeviewer said...

I'm guessing, Christmas brings back lots of memories from home, right?

PinkAcorn said...

Hard to imagine a warm December Christmas! Have you used that multicolored pasta yet?

Devonshire Dumpling said...

Oooh - I'd kiss Raffaele under the hairdryers. Give him a Christmas kiss from me.

Winchester whisperer said...

Great photo!

LindyLouMac said...

I love the Nativity Scenes everyone has here. Envy you that December sunshine.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, lakeviewer. Well, it's a nostalgic time and it does bring back lots of memories of people, yes. But I don't yearn to be in Britain because I carry those who have gone in my heart.
Hi, pink. Not yet!
Hi, DD. I'll tell him and I will!
Thanks, WW.
Me too, LindyLouMac. We're making the most of it!

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