Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
I want to extend my best wishes to you and your families for the Holiday season.
Last year we hosted our families and five grandchildren at Christmas in Monterey, since we knew one family would be moving to Hong Kong in the summer.
This year, we visited our Arizona family in August, September, and November. We’ll travel to Hong Kong in February to see our other family in their new home.
Maybe you’ll be fortunate to meet an Italian this Holiday season. If so, you could greet them with a few words in Italian.
Buona Feste – Happy Holidays
Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
I migliori auguri per il Santo Natale e per il 2019 – Best wishes for a Holy Christmas and Happy New Year.
As you would expect, Italian families celebrate Christmas with special meals featuring seafood, antipasto platters, olives, cheeses, cookies, desserts. Many dishes are regional specialties.
If you’d like to see how these dishes are presented, here are vendors who specialize in Italian Holiday meals.
Panettone is a special Christmas fruit cake that originated in Milan. I had eaten panettone during past Holidays, but had no idea of it’s origin until I started going to Milan for research. I like the raisins, orange zest, and dried fruits in panettone, not too sweet but fruity. Just perfect for dessert.
Feast of the Seven Fishes Serving fish for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is an Italian custom, but serving seven fish dishes is a tradition shrouded in mystery and origin.
One of the seven servings is Fettucinni alla Vongole, my all-time favorite Italian meal which I prepare often at home.
Italian Christmas Music
Italian Christmas music is festive, you can watch videos on YouTube including a Christmas concert in Vienna in December 1999, featuring the three tenors — Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, and Placido Domingo.
Where ever you are, I hope this Holiday season brings you much joy, good health and happy memories.
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