Christmas

Christmas is a time for families in Italy. For many the festivities start on Christmas Eve - La Vigilia -, and many shops and businesses close in the afternoon on the 24th. A Midnight Mass is held in every church on Christmas Eve, usually well attended as people celebrate the beginning of the Christmas period.

Christmas day centres around a big family lunch, after which people may venture out for an afternoon stroll, or play games at home.

The 26th is Santo Stefano (St Stephen) and is also a national holiday. While many go back to work on the 27th, some are on holiday until Jan 2nd, or even Jan 7th (after Epiphany), like the schools.

Christmas.

Merry Christmas to you Sarah,your family,friends and all your readers on Livorno Now.

All the best,Vincent,Oldham,England.

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