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By on Dec 23, 2016 in Blog | 9 comments



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


  1. All sounds just as Christmas should be ! May you have a wonderful 2017.

    • Hi, We met last November when I was taking class at the language school. I was there for the tree lighting, and it was wonderful, so thank you for this trip down memory lane! I am hoping to get back to Ascoli before the end of the year. How is Diane doing with her relocation? I have “misplaced” her business card, but when I find it, will send her an email. Marilyn from Santa Barbara CA

  2. It all sounds wonderful! Thinking of you both.
    Love, Trina

  3. compliments of the season. i alternate between cynicism and hope. for today, at this hour, this minute, hope wins. there is, may be, a santa claus. your little friends are wrong, virginia.

  4. Have a wonderful Christmas, an awesome New Year’s Eve party and a healthy, happy 2017. Best of everything to you both.

  5. Friends, family and fine food…what more could one want?
    Have a wonderful Merry Christmas Italian style.
    Love and hugs to you both.


  6. Beautiful town. Have fun and enjoy Christmas.

  7. Merry Christmas to our wonderful friends! Enjoy your special days ahead! Love to you both!

    • The very same to you special friends!

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