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An Italian Christmas

Ben
Ben

Hello. My name is Ben. I’m going to tell you about Christmas in Italy.

Christmas is a big family time in Italy. We all get together in a place north of Rome where some of my dad’s family live. We can see snow on the mountains in the distance. Everybody is there – my gran, my uncles and aunts, my cousins.

We eat a lot of home-made pasta, seafood and Italian Christmas specialities like pannetone, torrone, panforte, and lots of pastries. We have a Christmas tree, and we play lots of games like tombola, cards, ‘dead soldier’ and other games that everyone can join in. We have a real log fire and use it for roasting chestnuts.

Visiting Nativity Grottoes
One of the special traditions at Christmas is visiting the grottoes in churches. Each church has a special Nativity scene, not only with figures of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, but also characters from local village life like carpenters, blacksmiths, shepherds, farmers and bakers.

 
The main time when children get given presents is January 6th, when La Befana visits people’s houses. La Befana is an old lady and she leaves presents if children have been good. If they’ve been bad they get lumps of coal (the pieces of coal are made of sugar, though!)
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List of italian words and phrases (19 KB, Microsoft Word Document)
Text of Ben talking about visiting Nativity grottoes (19.5 KB, Microsoft Word Document)
Text of Ben talking about Christmas in Italy with family (19.5 KB, Microsoft Word Document)
Ben talking about christmas grottoes (185.1 KB, WMA Audio file)
Ben talking about Christmas with his family (220.2 KB, WMA Audio file)
Italian phrase 'Bambin Gesu' (17.8 KB, WMA Audio file)
Italian phrase 'Frutti di mare' (19.3 KB, WMA Audio file)
Italian phrase 'La Madonna e San Giuseppe' (26.7 KB, WMA Audio file)
Italian phrase 'Pasta fresca' (16.3 KB, WMA Audio file)
Italian word 'Candela' (14.8 KB, WMA Audio file)
Italian word 'Giocare' (13.3 KB, WMA Audio file)
Italian word 'Pannetone' (19.3 KB, WMA Audio file)
Italian word 'Pannetone' (19.3 KB, WMA Audio file)
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