Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Yesterday I had prepared a Christmas Decoration for our favorite hardware shop, from which we buy almost all of the tools we need to get out work done. Please visit their website: www.ferramenta-rossi.it To make that garland I used 4 kinds of screws and/or tube parts (?) and some bells to add some Christmas accent. I also used pieces of wood they sell for the fireplaces, rattan spheres, silver glass-bulbs and some huge hand-pained Italian pine-cons. All to achieve that cold, Nordic style so different from an Italian winter (we had 18°C yesterday!)
Friday, November 25, 2011
In Italy, among other Advent celebrations, is the entry into Rome in the last days of Advent of the Calabrian pifferari, or bagpipe players, who play before the shrines of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Italian tradition being that the shepherds played these pipes when they came to the manger at Bethlehem to pay homage to the infant Jesus.
My Italian Advent celebration is to drink a lot cappuccino every single day... till X-mas :)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Advent (from the Latin word adventus meaning "comming") is a season observed in many Western Christian Churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, called Levavi. The Eastern Churches' equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast.