My Christmas Articles Elsewhere

When freelance writers get the Christmas spirit, you get links to Christmas articles! All by me, but hey, they’re free!

I can’t believe we’re already a week into December, although maybe I can a little as I’ve been writing about Christmas for a couple weeks now.

So just in case you’re not quite feeling the holiday spirit, or if you are and just *love* to feed that addiction, here are some of my recent holiday-themed articles:

  • Christmas Presepi Markets in Naples at Italy Magazine: “The presepi, or Nativity scenes, of Naples are probably the most famous in the world, and the markets along Via San Gregorio Armeno give us the opportunity to build our own from the straw up.”
  • 5 Christmas Traditions Around the World at BootsnAll Travel: “If you’re tired of the same old food, weather, and, ahem, people this holiday season, now may be the time for you to experience Christmas traditions from around the world.” Virtual trips to Australia, Italy, Austria, Brazil, and New York City are included free of charge.
  • Immaculate Conception: Start of the Holiday Season in Italy at Italy Magazine: “Although in other countries, you might begin to hear Christmas carols at the end of November, in Italy, holiday celebrations begin on 8 December with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary or L’Immacolata Concezione della Beata Vergine Maria.”

So…are you in the holiday spirit yet?

17 Beans of Wisdom to “My Christmas Articles Elsewhere”
  1. Gil

    You have really outdone yourself with those stories on Italy Mag. If I go back to Naples next Summer I really want to watch the presepi artists at work one again.

    Thanks so much Gil, and please take photos and share 🙂

  2. 12.05.2008

    Michelle – your blog is an inspiration! I toured through Venice down to Florence for two weeks during grad school to see first hand much of what I studied as part of my MA in Art History. Every time we go over the Renaissance in my Intro to Humanities lecture, I’m reminded of how much my girlfriend and I need to flee the States for an impromptu vacation!

    Found your site on CommentLuv, and will bookmark it in my Google Reader for sure! Thanks for getting me into the Christmas Spirit!


    Kevin Sandridge’s last blog post..Lakeland’s Mid-Florida Federal Credit Union Enters the Real Estate Business

    I’ve always loved CommentLuv, but now I love it even more 😉 Thanks so much for your kind words, Kevin, and I hope you get to come over here for a visit soon!

  3. Jeff

    The same friends that I went to Camigliatello with are going to Naples this weekend. I’m sorry but it’s too crazy this weekend. Maybe I’ll go next weekend when the crowds aren’t quite so bad. I must be getting old.

    Jeff’s last blog post..Movin on is tough….

    Ooh they are brave. I’d wait too 🙂

  4. I can’t wait to read. Thanks for these links. You know how I feel about Christmas!!

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Flashback Friday – Nat King Cole "The Christmas Song"

    Yes I do! Hope you enjoy 🙂

  5. 12.05.2008

    Hey thanks for this. The Christmas markets & decorations have just started appearing in Geneva.
    Love this time of year. Will start my baking spree soon & making clove studded oranges. Hope you are feeling better. Everyone has the flu here 🙁

    Erika’s last blog post..NEWS: Olive picking in Provence

    I started out with a virus weeks ago, but it seems to have left me with a ripped up digestive tract; I got some meds today, so hopefully I’ll be done with all this soon!

    Especially since I want to decorate and start cookies 🙂

  6. 12.05.2008

    YAY!!!! Lots of good reading! I’ll have tons of time for that next week. Finals this week, resting next week. I will get to sit and relax with caffeinated coffee; espresso, even, and your wonderful writing. I can barely wait!

    And yes, the Christmas bug has taken up permanent residency in my home. It’s all half up. It takes a while to get it all up. Your candle is out, though, and lit when the music is embracing, the fire is frolicking in its cage, the tree is glowing and the mugs are steaming. You are there.

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

    Aaaaah, I’m *so* there! Thank you thank you!

  7. 12.05.2008

    Oh – and that is a lovely photo!

    S & V

    Wanderlust Scarlett’s last blog post..A Last Word, Before You Turn To Go

    I just love the colors 🙂

  8. 12.06.2008

    What nostalgia your articles on the Neapolitan presepi has conjured up in me.
    I was reminded of three winters ago, when I was strolling visiting the Museo di Santa Chiara. It a sunny day and all that was needed was a light jacket. I ended my visit with an espresso and sfogliatella liscia at le Galleria Umberto I. Even just traveling back there in my mind is wonderful.

    Elena’s last blog post..Allegretti

    Sounds so wonderful Elena! Thank you for sharing your memories with us 🙂

  9. 12.06.2008

    thank you for yet again taking me to Italy; i’m living there now, vicariously through you! I’ll make sure to check out the reads you suggest. I love the season, it’s my favorite. I should be at church today but i decided to stay in, light candles, turn on my Christmas songs playlist and blog read. All I’m missing is the smell of pines (need to go to home depot and get some trimmings) and mi familia. ciao bella.

    Mmmm I can smell the pines…sounds so lovely Bren 🙂

  10. 12.06.2008

    What lovely gifts, Michelle! I’ll be back to read them tomorrow. 😉

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..Day to Read: January 8 2009

    Hope you enjoy Jen!

  11. 12.07.2008

    I’d love to get to Italy NOW Michelle…beautiful post!

    Deeba’s last blog post..NIGHT ON THE ROCKS…& HARRY’S (Sydney Part III)

    Come on over Deeba!

  12. Marc

    My grandma and grandfather were Calabrese. This time of year I tend to wax nostalgic for Grandma’s house. My last name is a town in Calabria (Magisano). I enjoy your site very much.

    Marc’s last blog post..Star Trek: Wrath of McKhan

    Thanks Marc! I can definitely understand that the holidays bring out nostalgia…I hope you’ll come back on Tuesday. I think you’ll enjoy what I have in store 🙂

  13. 12.07.2008

    Thanks for the comment! I hope your holiday decorating is going well. My only regret this Christmas is not being able to have a real tree (there’s no room in my apartment). Instead, I bought a fake little tree and plugged into my wall an evergreen scented oil thingy. It’s an adequate substitute.

    By the way, I enjoyed your piece on 5 Christmas traditions around the world, especially number 5. I was at the tree-lighting this year for the first time since my childhood. It is a lovely sight.

    What fun it must be to write about the holidays and the world… =)

    Weekend Anna’s last blog post..It’s that time of year…

    Yeah I don’t have room for a full-sized tree either, so I have a tiny one…no evergreen scent, but it’s OK. I have cinnamon pinecones!

    Glad you enjoyed the tree lighting! I *love* NYC at Christmas time!

  14. maryann

    Nice articles, Michelle! Merry Christmas, sweety! btw..if you happen to have any photos of the miniature nativity scenes..could you post? I love seeing those 🙂

    maryann’s last blog post..Seven Fishes Feast-A Food Blogger Event

    I want to take photos of the one in our church in the village this year as I haven’t yet; it’s often too dark for them though, but I’ll try!

  15. 12.08.2008

    Great articles! I have to admit finding the political figurines a little creepy looking, but I guess the artist tried.

    I’m getting into the holiday spirit after baking my first batch of Christmas cookies yesterday. I haven’t posted them yet, but soon. : )

    Anali’s last blog post..New To Me – CupcakeCamp

    Yeah, some of the people definitely get a little creepy, and I have to include Barack and Michelle Obama in there. But it’s nice of them to try to include the US I guess 😉

  16. Tom @ Ideas For Christmas

    WOW it sounds elegant, I have never been out of the country but with those great articles it will definitely help me decide where to go. I have heard that Napals is a beautiful place. I would love to go and experience a new culture other than my own thanks.


    .-= Tom @ Ideas For Christmas´s last blog ..History Of Christmas =-.

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