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Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year …

We’re taking a break for the Christmas holidays, but before we disappear until 2018, we wanted to say a few words. First of all, Merry Christmas (Buon Natale in Italian!) and we’d like to thank everyone who visited our little corner of the internet. We share what we are passionate about, and it means a lot that other people want to read it as well!

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Christmas In Italy …

This is my second Christmas in Italy, and I now think that I am getting the hang of how the Italians like to celebrate the festive season!

Just like in the UK, the Italians start their celebrations early! On December 8th, which is a public holiday to celebrate the Immaculate Conception, which is the conception of the Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne. Not only is this a public holiday in Italy, but fires the starting gun for nearly a month of celebrations!

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The Panettone Masters – “I Maestri del Panettone” …

Even when I lived in England, it was never Christmas until I’d watched “It’s A Wonderful Life” and opened my first panettone of the season.

Imagine my excitement when I found out there was a panettone festival just up the road in Milan! Naturally I had to get tickets for my wife and I as this was too good an opportunity to miss!

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