Today is L’immacolata, a national holiday. The immaculate conception. Not being very sure about this day because I’m not Catholic I looked it up and discovered I was wrong about what it meant. Turns out it is the day that Mary was conceived to her mother. I had thought it was Jesus’ conception but was confused as it is only two weeks before his birthday.
Anyway, it is the day that ALLLL of Italy lights its Christmas trees. And St. Nicholas comes to the Piazza for the little kids. I actually managed to get pictures of the crowds outside before and after the tree was lit. And I heard the countdown and saw the tree lit for the first time. It is not my favorite tree so far, however. But as we all know from Charlie Browns tree that all trees are beautiful in their way.
We also visited Montone for lunch today. Tipico, our chosen restaurant was really crowded. Everyone was out for lunch on the holiday. A few pictures.
View from the walls. A beautiful, clear, and not too cold day.
Montone street dressed for Christmas. They are quite traditional there.
The Christmas tree. The Piazza was bright and the tree was not so the picture isn’t so good.
Tipico showcases two oils. One light and one stronger. The bread is always good there too.
Outside now, as I write this, the children are singing and the band is playing. There are little stands with things to sell. Happy Immaculata!
Hi Vic! The tree is pretty in its own way! They certainly got a crowd to see it lit for the first time. Lunch was really good. Tipico makes traditional Umbrian food and tries to source everything locally. Nice folks too. And Montone is one of the prettiest towns near here. I’ll take you when you come!💕
I loved this Nanc! I thought the tree was very pretty and the entire celebration sounded so festive! I would love to have seen it all! I’m sure lunch was wonderful too😉
Hi Meg! It does have more relevance doesn’t it? Merry Christmas to you and family!❄️❄️🎄
Love all your posts! It’s so fun seeing it since we were there !
Thanks Carlo. Merry Christmas to you and Mary.
A beautiful posting, Nancy. It really evokes the spirit of Christmas. Thank you.
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Merry Christmas [Season] !