|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|
|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. http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/finditem.cfm?itemid=5945|
|My latest addition, this Singing Gondolier is actually made to cruise around a pool. I got it from Signals.com, http://www.signals.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi?action=DETAIL&ITEM=HL2832|
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. http://www.bronners.com/
I also just came across this Meatball & Spaghetti ornament that I’m going to have to order: http://www.whatonearthcatalog.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi?action=DETAIL&ITEM=CD3683
Stay tuned, the Italian Christmas theme doesn’t stop at ornaments. There’s more to come (think food!).