MERRY CHRISTMAS AND BEST WISHES FOR THE COMING YEAR
Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and Ascoli Piceno is alive with anticipation. In Italy, family, food and dear friends are what make the holiday so special.
Our wonderful Italian friends have invited us to a series of festive meals with them. We start with a noontime gathering tomorrow and then a traditional Christmas Eve dinner at the home of another friend. On Christmas Day we join our friend Serafino and his extended family for a Christmas Day feast which will go on for hours. The day after Christmas, Saint Stefano’s Day, we have been invited to the home of our delightful upstairs neighbors for an extended midday meal with their family.
There is a Christmas Market in one of the main piazzas complete with lighted tree, above, and an ice skating rink. On New Year’s Eve we will host our now traditional party in our home.
This is a season to take the time to reflect on what is most important in life. And that’s why we wanted to say how much we appreciate each of you.
With our warmest best wishes,
Larry and Arlene
Ascoli Piceno, Italy