Merry Christmas from Southern Italy ~ Romancing Italy

Dec 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Southern Italy


At the end of every year, we join our feathered friends and head south in search of warmer weather. We arrived just in time for an unusual snow storm that almost reached sea level. I feel it's quite typical that the weather would change from 24 degrees C to 10, the day we arrived (!!!)

However, if the weather was a bit chilly in welcome, the southern hospitality made up for it. I don't ever remember going to a store in or near Borgosesia where they not only chatted you up, but also brought out coffee and drinks. This was our reception when we went to buy salami and cold cuts from the nearby butchers in Calabria. And they didn't even know us.

I was also surprised to see a van parked at the neighbor's door up the road, filled to the brim with plastic wrapped material goods. They still have door to door vendor service for household goods like sheets, blankets etc or produce. It's going out of "style" but the old ways still are hanging on in the south.

I don't hear very many Christmas carols here. It's rare. So it's even more special when they are played by the town's youngsters toting their trumpets, flutes and drums from store to store just to play for everyone's pleasure. A very nice tradition.

I wish you all a blessed Christmas, in the company of those you love and who love you. This of course includes furry family members as well.

Merry Christmas from A, Tala and me.


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