Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Italian Christmas Celebrations

The holidays is a wonderful time of the year spending it with family, friends and loved ones. What better way to prepare for the Christmas holiday than a collaboration with our Italian food, wine and travel group (#ItalianFWT) featuring holiday Italian wines, culinary traditions and Christmas festivals found throughout Italy.

Throughout the month of December you'll see Christmas decorations sprout up from town to town. Many start on the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th. What I've always enjoyed are the live nativities, presepe, that you find in some towns. Characters such as Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) whom gives the children gifts on Christmas Day and La Befana, a witch whom fills up children's stockings on January 6th, the Epiphany.

Christmas celebrations in Italy
Town of Ortisei by Mike Slone

Holiday wines are all your personal preferences, but culinary holiday traditions vary from region to region. My family has always celebrated the southern Italian tradition with the feast of the seven fishes on Christmas Eve. Many prepare dishes without meat for Christmas Eve followed by meat dishes on Christmas Day.

Christmas at the Vatican Rome
Christmas at the Vatican by foto4lizzie

However you celebrate your Christmas we'll have lots to share on how Christmas is celebrated throughout all of Italy so don't miss it! Here is a preview of what's to come this Saturday December 3rd. Join us for a live Twitter chat this Saturday at #ItalianFWT 11am EST. If you'd like to be part of our group there is still time. Email me direct at vinotravels at

Vino Travels -Christmas in Molise

Feast on History – Feast of the Seven Fishes in Italy: Myth or Tradition?

Culinary Adventures of Camilla – Biscotti di Castagne + Vin Santo Dei Chianti

Avvinare – A Florentine Christmas
L'Occasion - 5 Italian Christmas Dishes and Wine Pairings
The Wining Hour - A Venetian Holiday: Wine, Food,Tradition
The Wine Predator - Italian Holiday Traditions Adapted to CAlifornia Conditions: 3 dishes with wine

Ci vediamo!

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