Archive for the ‘Christmas customs’ Category

Describing Christmas / Descrivendo il Natale

December 26, 2009
Tutti insieme i nostri bambini hanno provato a creare, in Italiano, delle similitudini sul Natale che richiamano alcune nostre tradizioni/All together our children tried to create , in Italian, some similes about Christmas that remind some  traditions of ours:
Il Natale è / Christmas is:
rosso come la Stella di Natale
as red as the Christmas Flower

buono come i “Panzerotti con le castagne”                                                                                                      as good as the “Chestnuts pancakes

giallo come la stella cometa
as yellow as the comet star

bianco come la neve                                                                                                        as white as the snow

santo come Gesù Bambino
as holy as Baby Jesus

luminoso e colorato come l’albero di Natale
as brigth and coloured as the Christmas Tree

dolce come il Panettone
as sweet as the Panettone

Gina e la Classe 1^B -Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia” – Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) -Italia


Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2009

All what our children did to wish you: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Classe 1^B – Scuola Primaria “A. Ciancia” – Francavilla in Sinni (PZ) – Italia

A strange Christmas tree

December 21, 2009

I’m Emma from class 2A

I want to show you my Christmas tree. It isn’t like the other green pines. It is a dry tree and it comes from Spargi Island in Sardinia. MY mother and I have seen it on the beach after a few days of bad sea. I don’t really know ehere it comes from, maybe from far away.

On 8th December we decorate it with lights and balls. Every year in a different colour. Last year it was blue and silver. This year it issilver and white. I like it very much because there is not another one like it.I love its shape because it reminds me the wind blowing.

The days before Christmas I go with my mum on the hill near Alessandria. We look for some leaves and twigs then, we oranges and candles, we decorate our Christmas table.

Best Wishes to all the Kids

Emma Class 2A SCuola Vivaldi  Alessandria

Agata’s Christmas tradition

December 11, 2009

Hello Friends

I’m Agata from class 2 A at Vivaldi School in Alessandria

I have  a family  Christmas tradition.

Every year my mum prepares the “Bread Child”.

It is a cake in the shape of a child and it represent the Christ Child . In our dialect it is called “Crumbot”

It is very easy to prepare. You just need flour, sugar, eggs, water, butter, raisins and yeast. It is so tasty!

We give it to our relatives as a present because it is a lucky symbol.

My greatgrandmother began this tradition and we are pleased to  go on preparing this simple , nice cake

Merry Christmas to you and all your teachers


Advent- Preparing for Christmas

December 11, 2008


Advent is the season that marks the beginning of the Christian church year. It starts on Sunday nearest to St. Andrew’s Day (November 30th), and it continues until Christmas Eve (December 24th). The term comes from the Latin word “adventus”, which means coming or arrival. The season is thus one of preparation for the celebration of the feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

The beginning of Advent is when the preparations for Christmas really begin – the festive menu is planned, gifts are chosen and wrapped, carols sung, cards are written and posted and houses decorated. In Ireland this usually happens around the 8th of December. The Advent Wreath is the widely recognized symbol of Advent. The wreath is made of a circle of evergreen laid flat to symbolize eternal life. Four candles (traditionally purple) stand in the circle and each one represents one of the four Sundays of Advent. In the centre of the circle is a fifth candle (traditionally white), the Christ Candle, which is lit on Christmas Day.


During Advent, some people make or buy Advent calendars as a way of counting the days to Christmas. Usually these calendars have twenty-four ‘windows’. Traditional calendar windows open up to show a picture of something linked with this time of year. One may show an angel or one of the shepherds who visited baby Jesus. The last window to be opened usually shows Jesus himself lying in a manger. Popular Advent calendars today usually have chocolate hidden behind each window.

Aoife Neville

6th class

Getting presented class: third B

December 11, 2008

We are students of professional school of secretaries in Pescara, a seaside city on the Adriatic coast in the middle of Italy.

This is our class:

Lisa , sixteen years old, sometimes she really likes going out with friends;

Lavdije , seventeen years old sometimes shes like listening to music;

Jessica , seventies years old and her hobby is dancing with music hip hop;

Roberto, eighteen years old and he is the best boy in the our school;

Silvia , seventeen years old and she likes horse riding;

Natascia, sixteen years old, sometimes she really likes going out with friends as Giulia (seventeen years old) and Maria Pia (eighteen years old);

Noemi  seventeen years old, and she likes drawing and singing;

Ermenela, nineteen years old, and she likes going to the disco;

Sara  sixteen years old, and she likes playing the guitar and play the piano;

Antonio Vittorio  sixteen years old, he likes reading books.

Nollaig na nBan

January 6, 2008

Full crib

Nollag na mBan (Women’s Christmas), The Epiphany, The Visit of the Maji (Wise Men, Three Kings), Little Christmas. The 12th Day of Christmas.

Christmas bow

The women of the household worked so hard during the Christmas season it became a tradition that they got the 12th day to themslves. In some parts of Ireland it used to be the practice for women to “abandon” their families and visit their mothers to celebrate Women’s Christmas together. Others used to go on a “girls’ night out” while their menfolk tried to handle the children and the household tasks.
Nowadays children (young and old) give their mothers a separate presents on the 12th Day of Christmas or take them out to dinner. Of course the best present a mother can get is – the day off from housework . HINT! HINT!
Toddler doing chores

Today is also the day that all the Christmas decorations are taken down and packed away. Don’t leave it all to your Mom and Dad.
animated fairy lights 

Christmas In Ireland

January 4, 2008

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A picture is worth a 1000 words

Drawings from the children of Saint Attracta’s S.N.S., Dublin

Hopefully more artwork and written accounts will follow in the new year when the school re-opens.

Christmas Banner

More cribs from Italy

January 3, 2008

Hi Friends,

 here you can see two more cribs of the  exhibition in Acqui Terme, not far from Alessandria.

The first one is made by a group of pupils with corn, garlic, chestnuts, straw.p1010048.jpg

The second one is very big (in the photo you can see only a small part)p1010049.jpgand is completely made of cardboard.

from Scuola “A.VIVALDI” Alessandria, Italy

Italian Cribs

January 3, 2008


Hi Friends,

in a small town not far from Alessandria called Acqui Terme there a very nice crib exhibition. There are a lot of cribs made by adults and children with different materials. We want to show you some

From Scuola Media “A VIVALDI” Alessandria , Italy