Buone feste from Italy!

Buone feste, Italywise

The holidays are elegantly rendered in the ancient streets of Italy.

My favorite holiday decorations in Italy are the chandeliers suspended in the middle of the city streets of old historic towns. I first saw a sea of chandeliers in one street in Florence and the sight stopped me in my tracks. I was speechless. I had no idea I could be transported back to complete childlike wonderment.

Using a chandelier as a giant ornament is only one of many elegant adornments you’ll see in Italy, should you be lucky enough to celebrate the holidays in Italy. I must confess, I was feeling a little burned out on the holidays when I left the U.S.  Maybe I just needed a new locale to rekindle the magic that I’d lost over the years. Maybe I had become a tiny bit of a grinch.

Italy has come to my rescue, and I’m falling in love with the holidays again. I know this is trite, but I feel like I’m in the middle of a fairytale expression of the holidays. Perhaps old world charm was the missing ingredient.

As my education about “all things Italian” continues, I know I still have much to learn about the traditions of celebrating the holidays here in Italy. I promise to plan a post for next December to call out the most special aspects of an Italian Christmas and New Year.

I dearly miss my family in friends back in the States, especially at this time of the year. But, I am surrounded by the warmth of my new Italian family, and I love having days filled with hearty and frequent wishes of “Buone feste” and “Auguri!”

Thank you all for following my adventures, and for your enthusiasm and your support during this first year of Italywise. May you all have the richest and warmest of holidays, and may we all be blessed with magic!

Auguri, Italywise

Auguri! Best wishes from Italy.

By |2015-12-18T23:31:53+01:00December 22nd, 2015|Living in Italy, My Life in Italy|4 Comments

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I’m an American expat living in Italy!


  1. Anita December 23, 2015 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Buon natale♡ I’ve enjoyed all your posts Jed not to mention photos and gorgeous paintings! I hope this year brings only beautiful things for you .
    Again a beautiful piece …thank you !! Anita

    • Jed December 28, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      Grazie Anita for the kind message. I hope your holiday have been joyous! I’m thankful to have your friendship and I look forward to seeing you one day here in Italy! Buon anno!!!! Baci, Jed

  2. Gilly, Lauren, Gordon, Tom Vinnie, Lady December 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you from all the Careys and look forward to seeing you on the 30th xxxx have a great Chrustmas xxxx

    • Jed December 28, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

      Yes indeed! Looking forward to seeing you on the 30th! xoxox

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