Finding Holiday Cheer in Southern Italy

In the past week of posts, I’ve mentioned buying Christmas gifts, putting up my mini-tree, and having visions of sugarplums…but I have a confession to make.

Despite the occasional clementine orange leisurely strolling through my thoughts (there’s simply no dancing), I’m not feeling it this year. After my one morning of Christmas songs a few days ago, I haven’t heard a bell jingle let alone rock.

I’ll admit it. I’m putting up a Christmas Cheer front.

What’s the problem? Is it because the weather has been so mild (sweater, no jacket days)? Is it because in Italy we’re not bombarded with carols and decorations for months? Should I be turning to Jimmy Stewart and “It’s a Wonderful Life” for a heartwarming holiday story?

Hmm…there may something to that. With all the tales of woe in the world–the fact that our troops will be spending another holiday season in Iraq comes to mind–I need some good news for a change. I don’t have the It’s a Wonderful Life DVD, but I do have the Internet. So I went a-searching for some contemporary warm fuzzies.

My favorites:

  • Naughty Christmas “Pornaments” are not nice, say Florida prosecutors: A chain of novelty stores in Florida is selling sexually explicit tree ornaments, but one Miami lawyer wants to play Scrooge. Ho ho ho!
  • Holiday Shoppers Keep Buying During Fire: Thick smoke billowing through an Ohio department store didn’t stop these bargain hunters. Firefighters even had to block the doors to prevent more shoppers from entering. Now that’s the spirit!
  • Get your reindeer hotdogs for $8!: As an apparent lesson to all the reindeer on Santa’s “Bad” list, a suburban Chicago hotdog vendor is selling these treats. Yes, grilled onion and mustard *are* included in the reasonable holiday price. Think of the touching memory:

Mother: What would you like for dinner tonight, Johnny? Johnny: Hmm…how about Dasher?!

3 Beans of Wisdom to “Finding Holiday Cheer in Southern Italy”
  1. Cynthia Rae

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I am looking forward to reading through your blog and learning more about you.

    Welcome to the blog world!


  2. J.Doe

    I laughed out loud about your comment about poor Dasher and the $8 reindeer hotdogs.
    Very funny.

  3. laxlaw

    All I can say is ewwww. Gotta love snopes.

    Maybe I should start a blog about my interesting life …

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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