Advent Calendar 2017 – Christmas Traditions

courtesy of greenowlcrafts.com

As a genealogist I recognise the traditions we have are a way of honouring the past and those that went before us. As each generation produces hopefully another generation new traditions are formed and hopefully will continue into the future.

Waves of migration have enabled tradition to leap from one Country to the next and provided potential for tweaks and turns in those traditions.

In Italy the Christmas season lasts for three weeks from around 17th December with children waiting Epiphany, on 6 January to open their presents; the presents having been delivered by Befana, a kind ugly witch who rides a broomstick. The meal for Christmas Eve, La Vigilia, doesn’t have any meat and contains fish and vegetables which is the same for evening prior to other religious festivals in Italy. Christmas Day is specifically left for feasting and connecting with family.

I grew up in England follow the usual Christmas pattern of living in England, but those Christmas traditions are a far cry from those of my paternal heritage.

This entry was posted in Advent Posts and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.