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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Countdown to Christmas- Italian Style! December 18

photo courtesy eventstocelebrate.com

Welcome back to Day 18 (diciotto).

I LOVE the concept of today's Advent Calendar. Brilliant idea!

My choice for today is CALZE- or Stockings!  The photo below is our stockings, unfortunately not hung on a mantle because we don't have one.  Instead, I just hang them from a piece of furniture. In Italy, Christmas gifts are delivered by Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) on Christmas Eve.  Stockings are not part of gifts at Christmas, however they are important at the holiday time. Instead, stockings filled with candies (caramelle) for good children or coal (carbone) if you were bad are delivered by the Befana on January 6, the day of Epiphany. Befana is an old witch who flies on a broom made of twigs.

Buon Natale!

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