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Everyone loves some early Christmas presents!

16 Dec

It’s Thursday the 15th December (well it’s actually the 16th when everyone will read this post), 10 days to Christmas, and the town is desert, how crazy is that? I spent 5 hours in office without take my lunch break so I could go out earlier to meet up with my husband to finish off some unfinished business…the latest Christmas presents for the family!!

I can’t believe that Brighton was so empty today around the shops in the lanes, ok the credit crunch, the recession, the Eurozone, Italian economy going downhill like Greece…but come on it’s Christmas it happens just once a year! Make the people you love happy and make the retailers even happier! I love my husband so much: he’s loving, caring, and with an amazing taste (he cannot be British I swear!!!) today I got my Christmas present from him, a gorgeous pair of dark brown leather and fur All Saints boots…when my best friend Anna will see them she will collapse!!

Love to get Christmas presents before Christmas; it makes me feel so excited! I cannot reveal the Christmas present I got for my hubby for obvious reasons (he reads my blog) but I tell you they will be LV related, can’t say anything else! Last night I got some more early Christmas presents from my mother in law, love the selection of different teas, the mini rose champagne, the pink truffles, the Cowshed products…oh my I’m like a child on Christmas day, but I’m not a child anymore, and it’s not Christmas yet!!!

It has been two weeks since we met up for dinner with our friends Joe and Becky when the invited us over for a lovely homemade dinner, I have just been so busy that I didn’t have the time to post the pictures yet! Joe…your Thai green curry was good, but your baileys cheesecake as out of this world!!!

Happy Friday to everyone!

Xxx

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My Christmas childhood memory, Saint Lucia’s day

13 Dec

I don’t give a damn about Santa.

For me Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Babbo Natale, however you want to call him, never existed, I did not believe in him. I have never written a letter to him.

For me, Christmas was all about Saint Lucia, and it always will. To explain to you what I mean I add a description of Saint Lucia’s day (thanks Wikipedia):

Saint Lucia’s Day is the Church feast day dedicated to St. Lucy and is observed on the 13th of December. Its modern day celebration is generally associated with Sweden and Norway but is also observed in Denmark, Italy, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Malta, Bosnia, Bavaria, Croatia, Slovakia and St. Lucia, West Indies In the United States it is celebrated with cookies on the mantel in states for a large number of people of Scandinavian ancestry, often centred around church events.

In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. It is one of the few saint days observed in Scandinavia. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.

St. Lucia is the patron saint of the city of Syracuse (Sicily), where she was born. Celebrations take place on the 13th of December and in May. St. Lucy is also popular among children in some regions of North-Eastern Italy, namely Trentino, East Lombardy (Bergamo, my home town), parts of Veneto, parts of Emilia-Romagna and all of Friuli, where she brings gifts to good children and coal to bad ones the night between December 12 and 13.

She arrives in the company of a donkey and her escort, Castaldo. Children are asked to leave some coffee for Lucia, some flour for the donkey and bread for Castaldo. They must not watch Santa Lucia delivering these gifts, or she will throw ashes in their eyes, temporarily blinding them.

I have always written letters to Saint Lucia, I put the letter on the basket in the Church in Bergamo in front of her statue for ages, and the night between the 12th and 13th December it has always been magical.

I will always remember when around 7pm I was going to my grandmother house to find some presents in her living room, going to my other grandmother’s house and find presents for me and my cousins on the table in my grandmother’s tailoring room…and after that going to my great aunt’s house with my cousin to find more presents on the table in the kitchen, I still remember how excited I was to go to sleep that night, still remember my mum telling me “Sleep tight and please do not wake up or Saint Lucia won’t come here” – I still remember putting a bowl with water and some bread next to the Christmas tree for Saint Lucia’s donkey…I still remember the 13th December morning getting up, run to my parents and listen to my mum saying: “Did she come? I think she did, I heard something during the night”… I can still see myself running in the living room and find more presents and sweets…and now I think tears are going down on my cheeks, tears of joy, remembering such a good time in my childhood.

I still believe in you, Saint Lucia.

xxx

How can I have Sympathy For the Devil if he wears Prada Headphones?

6 Dec

I couldn’t believe to my eyes when I walked in Prada store in Venice on Sunday…Prada headphones, how crazy is that?

These Prada headphones comes with the usual trimmings of the Prada logo on the earcups themselves as well as the Prada triangle featured on the complimentary storage/carrying bag for the heaphones. Besides the presence of the Prada label, these on-ear headphones look pretty much identical to the Bose OE2 or the Phiaton PS320 headphones, popular on-ear headphones amongst travellers.

They must be damn good with £400 / $ 585 price tag! In store I saw the ladies versions as well, in pretty light pastel colours

Plus I saw the gift section with cute and funny teddy bears inspired key olders and charms…

and look at a prefect key ring for me…

I think I will finish off my Christmas shopping online…the town is crazy busy on lunchtime and you cannot shop without being pushed…And because I have started to feel the festive theme…for you my favourite Christmas song…how gorgeous was George Michael in this video???

xxx

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