I love Christmas-who doesn't?! The celebrations, the preparations and the merry-making that comes with this end of the year festivity have roots far earlier than European Christianity. It is believed that ancient Romans celebrated the winter solstice by decorating evergreen trees (symbolic of the spring to follow winter) with garlands of laurel and candles. The Scandinavians decorated their evergreen trees with apples. There are so many symbols associated with Chrstmas time that I decided to make a list. Having said that, I raise my cyber glass to you and toast this beautiful end of the year holiday.
Today I offer Christmas vocabulary words for my students of Italian:
Buon Natale, la vigilia di Natale, Buone Feste, Babbo Natale, la stella, la lista, gli ornamenti
la corona dell'avvento
il calendario dell'avvento
il ceppo di Natale
il giocattolo il pupazzo di neve
il bambino Gesu', la vigilia di San Silvestro, il Capodanno, la Befana, l'Epifania