Christmas

St. Francis & The First Nativity Scene

In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi, a deacon, was in Greccio, Italy for Christmas. He had recently visited the Holy Land, and wanted to inspire devotion in the villagers, and himself, for midnight Mass. We don’t know exactly how the … Continue reading

T’s Homemade Cannoli Recipe

(Makes two dozen miniature Cannoli or about a dozen regular sized) Ingredients: 2 pounds of Ricotta Cheese Pre-made cannoli shells (can be purchased at bulk food stores or Italian markets) 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch of nutmeg Pinch of cinnamon … Continue reading

Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle – An Italian Christmas Carol

Tu scendi dalle stelle (From Starry Skies Descending) is an Italian Christmas Carol written by St. Alphonsus Ligouri in 1732. It is a beloved carol sung by many families on Christmas Eve, including ours. It was my father’s favorite carol … Continue reading

Christmas in Rome

“O Christmas Trees” ‘O Christmas Tree” is a well-known Christmas carol, but in Rome, all of Italy actually, it should be “O Christmas trees” as in plural, and in abundance as they’re everywhere along with the beautiful nativity scenes.  Rome … Continue reading