While I work on the continuation of The Best Decisions Ever Made I thought I’d write a post in reference to Christmas.
After Thanksgiving many have already set up their Christmas trees, others are shopping for more ornaments, some have decorated their houses, put up the nativity scenes and the churches too prepare for their celebratory traditions. No need to say there is a good deal of criticism in regards to this holiday and the reason for its existence, the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ; as well as for other attributes it has acquired through time such as abundant decorating and gift giving (tainting it to some as a materialistic celebration). Whether Jesus Christ was born or not on December 25th, that the holiday coincides with the winter solstice celebrations and/or that materialistic explosion takes place through decoration and gift giving around this time of year; the Christmas spirit is not lost.
Many holidays have been slightly tainted, maybe they were tainted to begin with, but they all serve the same purpose: love and giving; being kind to others; helping your fellow human; loving your neighbor; getting together with family; showing appreciation and thanking God (for those who believe) for the coming of the Lord; thanking the earth for what it gives us and so on and so forth.
In this spirit I thought I’d share what some of the other places in the world do to prepare for their Christmas; the first thing that came to mind were the folkloristic European Christmas markets. I found numerous posts of these types of markets on Rising Incoming Organizer’s Facebook Page and am linking a couple of them here (for the others you can visit R.I.O.’s FB page:
European Christmas markets – http://www.starwoodhotelpromotions.com/spg/christmasmarkets/
The top 8 Christmas markets in Italy according to Slow Italy – http://slowitaly.yourguidetoitaly.com/2011/11/top-8-christmas-markets-in-italy/
Also, if you are in Italy around the holidays and trying to plan something for New Year’s Eve, I found that Rising Incoming Organizer (an Italian tour operator) has a 3 day New Year’s Eve Holiday Break in Italy. You can download the brochure in English or Italian from their website; it has full details and price.