Italian Christmas Tree and Decor


Italian themed Christmas tree


Italian Christmas display, which includes my book on traditions, some Italian Santas, gondola, leaning towers, and La Befana, Italian Christmas witch


Growing up in an Italian-American family and loving all things Italian, I have become a collector of Italian Christmas things.  Every year in late November, I get to pull out my collection (which I started about 10 years ago and have added to little by little) of Italian themed Christmas ornaments and decorations.  I decorate a small tree and nearby area with these treasures.


Hand-made Leaning Tower of Pisa tree topper

About 10 years ago, when writing my book Italian-American Holiday Traditions (Kensington, 2002), I started shopping around for and making some of these items, including a Leaning Tower of Pisa tree topper (shown above).  I have since found numerous items, including my very latest, singing gondolier (see below).


Italian-American Holiday Traditions explores numerous celebrations that take place throughout the year with a strong emphasis on Christmas. It features in-depth research, interviews, recipes, and lots of ideas and nostalgia.


My latest addition, this Singing Gondolier is actually made to cruise around a pool. I got it from,

Some of my other ornaments include: Venetian glass Santa on a gondola ornament (that I purchased in Venice), a beautiful hand-painted Venetian scene ornament, a couple in a gondola, Rome’s Trevi Fountain and Coliseum, Chianti bottles, Italian Santa, Italian snowman, espresso, cappuccino, slice of pizza, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italian flags, Italian boot, and ornaments featuring Italian greetings and blessings.


Venetian glass Santa on gondola ornament I purchased in Venice


Hand-painted Venice scene ornament


Trevi fountain in Rome
Chianti, Italian snowman, garlic, and couple in gondola

I have bought my Italian Christmas ornaments and goodies from all over the place, including several from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.

I also just came across this Meatball & Spaghetti ornament that I’m going to have to order:

Stay tuned, the Italian Christmas theme doesn’t stop at ornaments.  There’s more to come (think food!).


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