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Countdown to Christmas 2016 - Week 2 - Italy

Carved life size presepe, Santa Maria d'Aracoeli Presepe Christmas Day Rome, 2012; photo by Margot Balboni

 
 

Traditionally, Christmas in Italy is celebrated over several weeks, from December 6th, St. Nicholas Day, until January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany.  On St. Nicholas Day, children write letters to St Nicholas asking for gifts and they hang up either a sock or put a plate on the table on the eve of Nicholas Day’s.  If the children have been good throughout the last year, they will get some fruits, nuts and sweets from St. Nicholas while the naughty ones will also get a sweet, but one looking like lump of coal. The main gift giving day is January 6 - the day on which the Wise Men brought their gifts to the Christ Child.

Countdown to Christmas 2016 - Week 1 - Norway

Christmas in Trondheim, Norway; photo by PLANET LEW

 

This past weekend started the fifth annual “Countdown to Christmas 2016” collection hosted each year by Julie and Blu of Blue Morning Expressions.  It is a way for handmade artisan and vintage sellers to share three of their items each week, each one perfect for Christmas gift giving.  I will pick my favorite item each week and share them here in this blog.  


Also, I plan on sharing a bit about how different countries around the world celebrate Christmas.  This week, Norway is highlighted:

Countdown to Christmas - Week 11 - Handmade and Vintage

Can you believe there is only 1 (yes, only 1!) more weeks left of this year’s Countdown to Christmas 2015??? Thanksgiving has come and gone and now Christmas is looming.  Less than a month now!  According to the Christmas Clock (at the time this post went live), there are only 23 days, 18 hours, 12 minutes and those rapidly descending seconds until Christmas is here . . . again!

 

Countdown to Christmas - Week 10 - Handmade and Vintage

 

Can you believe there are only 2 (yes, 2!) more weeks left of this year’s Countdown to Christmas? Thanksgiving is very close  - and then just a month later Christmas arrives.  According to the Christmas Clock says (at the time this post went live), there are only 30 days, 18 hours, 15 minutes and those rapidly descending seconds until Christmas is here . . . again!

 

Countdown to Christmas - Week 9 - Handmade and Vintage

 

Can you believe that we are already ¾ of the way through this year’s Countdown to Christmas? Only 3 more weeks left!  Where does the time go?  The days are rushing toward the ever looming Christmas:  according to the Christmas Clock says (at the time this post went live), there are only 37 days, 18 hours, 10 minutes and those rapidly descending seconds until Christmas is here . . . again!

 

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