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Published December 6, 2013 by Tony



Christmas, time for gifts and evaluations.
In Italy, several say that Christmas is a celebration for children, but I’m not at all convinced.
Maybe because it represents Jesus’ birth, but also those who are not observant or true Catholic Christians are involved in its tender and compassionate atmosphere. Others say that they decorate the tree or make the crib because they have children at home, but underneath it all, the first to find pleasure in doing so are just ourselves, the adults.
Christmas and New Year are also holidays when family gets together, people have meal together or meet to exchange greetings.
A moment of aggregation, dialogue, openness.
In the end, everyone becomes better and, believers or not, the Christmas‘ purpose and true meaning is safe. Too bad it only happens once a year and lasts only a few days!
Whether it’s Befana or Santa Claus, this is also the period for toys to children.
Who have never written a letter to Santa Claus?
Italian children are always polite and respectful in their requests. As usual, they write to have been good kids and end the letter by saying : “I promise you that I will be more good in the future… “, in the hope to get the toys they want.
Usually, children write their letters to Santa with the help of parents or teachers, and many of them before puberty already are aware that it is only a childish thing.
In my day we were content with little, even a simple plastic gun became an important gift for us children, where Christmas was the only time to get a toy. Then, it was custom to hide gifts, so, early in the morning, we woke up excited and went in search of the package for the whole house.
I do not deny that when my son/dau were babies, I repeated this ritual.
In the night, before sending children to bed, we together put the socks hanging somewhere with their letters, and to pretend that Befana or Santa Claus found something to eat, I let a slice of cake with a drink nearby.
They are considered to be short-tempered and you have to treat them well!
Then we all went to bed. As soon as children had fallen asleep, I got up and carefully substitutive socks with colorful stockings filled with sweets, took off the cake’s slice, leaving a few crumbs here and there, emptied the glass, and then I hid the various toys in the room.
Needless to say that the next morning, they were the children to get up early, not in their shoes to see if Befana or Santa Claus had come.
Their astonishment at seeing the crumbs, empty glass and sparkling socks really is priceless!

The tenderness and naivety of children leaves you speechless.

After the first moments of perplexity, shown by their eyes wide open and sweet expression of wonder, the first gifts, the biggest, were sighted.
“Oh … mom, dad, look at that!”
And then opening the package to see what’s inside… another moment of surprise and wonder….
Really beautiful experiences you never forget.

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for a Happy and Saint Christmas to you all.



Published December 8, 2011 by Tony


Because of austerity, this year we all will spend less for Christmas gifts, and to help you in the choice I have selected some not-too-much-expensive gifts (Under $100) just to give you an idea without emptying your wallets. Find again the taste of the simplicity and medium things.


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Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and sparingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Price Approx.: $17
You can find it on: Amazon.com



A pair of Swiper Gloves
Yes, the digital-friendly kind. But these are compatible with all smartphones. In other words: seriously useful.
Price Approx.: $44 You can find it on: dcshoes.com

The Practice Club: Momentus Speed Whoosh

This new trainer, from a company known for its practice gear, uses a plastic ball that effectively replicates the experience of actually hitting one. It’s pretty fun, especially during the holidays, when you can’t actually go outside. It also happens to be the only club you can really give someone without knowing their bag.

Price Approx: $80

You can find it on: Amazon.com

Polka Dots

Madewell sweater

You can find it on: $75

You can find it on:madewell.com

Haute Hat

Price Approx.: $55

You can find it on: loft.com

Sparkle and Shine Coach pouch

Price Approx.: $98

You can find it on: coach.com

All Wrapped Up

Aurelie Bidermann bracelet

Price Approx.: $95

You can find it on: net-a-porter.com

Matching Set Calvin Klein earmuffs

Price Approx.: $40 and $70

You can find it on: calvinklein.com


Game On

Diane von Furstenberg ping pong set

Price Approx.: $95

You can find it on: dvf.com


Makeup Essential Dior Mini Brush Set

Price Approx.: $62

You can find it on: dior.com

Rumba Time “Broadway” Watch

Give your most trend-conscious friends a head start for next season — these vivid, lightweight watches are the perfect way to incorporate the bold hues and acid brights that will be immensely popular come spring.

Price Approx.: $20

You can find it on: rumbatime.com

Topshop Smoke and Mirrors Eye Palette

Getting the perfect smokey eye is not an easy task, but thanks to Topshop, all of the tools you need are in this easy Smoke & Mirrors palette. Plus, you can show off your sultry new look at all of the season’s parties!

Price Approx.: $25

You can find it on: us.topshop.com

details Italian Wines Sampler

Take an exciting wine journey through Italy’s wine regions with six exciting and exotic wines made by the country’s finest producers. Six (6) 50ml bottles.

Price Approx.: $27,99

You can find it on: tastingroom.com

Mary Kay Thinking of You Eau de Parfum

Total teen-girl blissdom: a flirty fragrance packaged with a keepsake charm.

Price Approx.: $30

You can find it on: marykay.com

Appaman Kid’s Vest

Spot your tot on the playground in a snap.

Price Approx.: $49

You can find it on: lilswanky.com


Moka Express 3 Cup Espresso Maker

With all the expensive espresso makers sold around the world, native Italians prefer espresso from stovetop espresso makers and more Italians use Bialetti for their stovetop.

Price Approx.: $25

You can find it on: cutleryandmore.com

 515yBDnJdUL._SL210_ Playhut Thomas Tank Play VehiclePrice Approx.: $39.99

You can find it on: toysrus.com


LeapFrog My Own Leaptop – Violet
From LeapFrog

Price Approx.: $20

You can find it on: leapfrog.com




MP Digital Camera with 3.6x NIKKOR Optical Zoom Lens and 3-Inch LCD

Price Approx.: $88.95

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Invicta Men’s 8932 Pro Diver Collection Silver-Tone Watch

Price Approx.: $46

You can find it on: endless.com