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1 CHRISTMAS IN ITALY

2 Even if the we can already breathe Christmas air in November, Christmas time officially starts with Immacolata Day on the 8 th of December. On this days Eve families meet together to eat the sfincione(….), the firstpanettone of the holidays(…) and to play cards or tombola(…). This is also the day we make the Christmas tree and the crib. It s a real pleasure walking by the night streets and see the lights in the shops, the trees, the balconies, or crossing the airy ways of the town. We can hear Christmas songs or see the Christmas flowers anywhere we go.

3 It dates back to the seventeeth century. The Immacolata Conception is the principal patron of the town. In almost all the churches the image of Our Lady is venerated and there are three statues that are conducted in parade. During the routes tradition folk are sung. The cult of Immacolata in Termini Imerese

4 Jingle bells, jingle bells, Jingle all the way! O what fun it is to ride In a one-horse open sleigh I'm dreaming of a White Christmas, With every Christmas card I write. May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmas be white Heal the world Make it a better place For you and for me And the entire human race There are people dying If you care enough For the living Make a better place For you and for me

5 Christmas Eve Anyway the most famous holiday in this month is Christmas, the festival which is reminded as Jesuss birth. according to the tradition Christmas night can be spent in the church. Many people love celebrating Christ Nativity singing Christmas Carols during the mass.

6 Panettone It is an italian tradition that comes From north Italy, but nowadays in Sicily We used to eat it too.

7 We meet our family and our relatives on Christmas Eve, on December 24th, and we spend the evening all together, playing cards and having traditional meals. At midnight we unwrap our Christmas presents. Italian children believe in Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) bringing presents. Christmas decorations and trees are often seen starting around the end of November and the main focus of these decorations continues to be the Presepe (Crib) that is the representation of Jesuss birth. On December 26th we celebrate Saint Stephens Day too. It is another national holiday in which families gather together.

8 The pandoro It is a sweet. It is a particular panettone.

9 Cribs Sicily has got lots of ancient Christmas traditions in which you can find popular faith, folklore and art. Firstly there are some beautiful living cribs during Christmas period in lots of villages. Some of them are more ancient, some younger.

10 The most important living Cribs

11 Custonaci Among the well-known we want to name the crib of Custonaci, in the province of Trapani, which has been written down in the register of unmaterial goods since The crib is set in the Mangiapane cave which is a prehistoric cave. Around it old houses, sheep pens, hen houses, stables and cowsheds make a rural village in which every man works: you can find u sillaru (the one who puts the saddle on the horses), u puparu u pignataru and so on.

12 Caltabellotta The living crib of Caltabellotta, a town in the province of Agrigento, is popular too. The firts edition of this crib was made in Those who visit the course of the crib walks through the alleys, arriving to the Chiesa of Pietà, where the nativity is located. The peculiarity of this crib is that the inhabitants provide their houses to set the crib in. In this way the visitors take part to the crib, visiting the houses whose owners wear ancient clothes.

13 Castanea delle Furie Another important living crib has been held in Castanea delle Furie in the province of Messina for over 20 years. It's set in an ancient place, similar to Betlemme. (…) foto

14 Termini Imerese Also in our town, Termini Imerese, is held a living crib, born a few years ago. It is set in one of the oldest and most beautiful places of the city, the 'Rucchiceddi', which makes us remember the atmosphere of the old Palestina. The crib is characterized by its big religious sense.

15 Ninna nanna di la notti di Natali Maria Vergini annacannu a Gesù ch`é figghiu sò, ci dicia accussì cantannu: "Fai la ninna, fai la vo', bedda rosa, biancu gigghiu, fai la vo`, Gesuzzu figghiu! Chi su' beddi `sti masciddi, ch`é amurusa `sta vuccuzza, chi su' duci `sti capiddi, quantu é duci `sta facciuzza! Lu me cori pi tia spinna, fai la vo`, fai la ninna. Figghiu beddu e picciriddu, di `stu cori ardenti ciamma, veramenti senti friddu, veni, abbrazzati a la mamma. Iu ti scrafu a lu me pettu, fai la vo`, figghiu dilettu. Quantu t`áppiru a purtari di rigali li pasturi, tutti a tia li vogghiu dari cu chiù affettu e cu chiù amuri. Ora fatti un sunniceddu, fai la vo`, Gesuzzu beddu".


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