|Christmas lights in the Piazza|
Maybe “northern Italian/European” traditions are slowly creeping south. The TV commercials here related to Christmas are tame and not many. We do laugh every time we walk past a mechanical Santa on the sidewalk that is putting out holiday music in English (at least 3 in Scalea). Another sight that brought a chuckle was a young Pakistani lad in Santa suit, without beard, playing jingle bells from some a fake keyboard and asking for cash. If he had donned a beard, I might have donated.
Nunzia offers much holiday cheer
Decorations and light have slightly increased in our village, but it's still by far more traditionally centered on the family and food. Please enjoy these images of Christmas in town, and an introduction to more of our village. We’ve never compiled a list of the businesses here, so ecco: 5 alimentari groceries (2 are also butchers); 2 clothing shops; 6 bars; 2 pizzerie; 1 flower shop; 2 tabacchi; 2 small casalinga shops; 1 electric/appliance shop; 1 restaurant (summer); 1 shoe store; 1 hardware; a sporting shop for clothes & air guns that we have not been in; and the largest retailer in town is a farm/construction equipment place that also has done most of the ironwork for our apartments. Lastly, the ESSO fueling station. Not bad for a town of 1300.
It is a wonderful village with the greatest people, and we are fortunate to live In Santa Domenica Talao.
|Cooler weather, but still no killing frosts here|
|Our 2005 tree in Oregon|
|2011--smaller and not real|
|A festive farmacia|
|The flower/plant shop with fish pond|
|Two generations of same family staff the store|
|Local fischio (mistletoe) that grows on the oaks|
Buon Natale & Buon Anno Nuovo,
Di and Doug