Christmas Assignment

T. Worley & L. Arrington
U.S. History
19 December 2013

Map of Italy

Italy during Christmas time


  • Based heavily on Christianity
  • Christmas lasts 3 weeks
  • Panettone - traditional cake
  • Christmas day - church, family, feasting


Strawberry Cheesecakes Parfait
  • 1 pound of strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 12 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 cup heavy cream
Homemade Chicken Carbonara


  • 2-1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 tsp homemade garlic powder
  • 1 tsp homemade onion powder
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, grated (not powder)
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil or 3 TBS dried basil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 oz fettuccine or spaghetti noodles


Gift Giving

  • Get a visit from Santa
  • Receive gifts from La Befana
  • Open gifts on January 6 - Epiphany
  • Children are given money to buy gifts when they go house-house reciting poems and singing songs.

Weather Conditions in Italy in December

  • Days are cold and short
  • There is snow some of everywhere but where there isn't snow there is usually rain

Religious Activities

  • Venice Carnival
  • Venice Film Festival
  • Taormina Film Fest
  • Buskers Festival
  • Rome Cinema Festival
  • Venice Biennale
  • Mittelfest
  • Greek Drama in Sicily

Interesting Facts

Citizens in Rome, Italy don't eat turkey for Christmas. They usually eat lamb, fish, and chicken, but NO turkey. The pope gives a traditional blessing from the balcony every year over St. Peter's Square at mid-day.

Christmas was invented in Italy. Italians created the custom for Christian traditions and pagan traditions, which were from the Roman Empire.

In 4 A.D., the date for the birth of Jesus Christ was set for an official date, which was the 25th of December, by a church in Rome.

Italian children don't write letters to Santa Claus, they write letters to their parents telling them how thankful that they are and expressing their love.