T. Worley & L. Arrington
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
- 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
- 1/2 lb bacon
- 3 to 4 cups chicken, cut into strips
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tsp homemade garlic powder
- 1 tsp homemade onion powder
- 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
- Venice Carnival
- Venice Film Festival
- Taormina Film Fest
- Buskers Festival
- Rome Cinema Festival
- Venice Biennale
- Greek Drama in Sicily
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.