• December 21 2018,  Lynnfield,  Peabody

    Buon Natale – the rich Christmas traditions of Italy

    Buon Natale – the rich Christmas traditions of Italy  By Helen Breen    Italians celebrate Christmas for a full month from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 through the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. Although some regional differences exist, the month basically is devoted to religious observances and spending time with family and friends. While food is an essential focus of the season, other traditions include: The crèche The presepe or crib, depicting the stable scene surrounding the birth of Christ, is essential to the observance of Christmas. Its origins date back to St. Francis of Assisi, who in 1223 wished to create a “natural…