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Christmas in Rome: Lighter on the lights but heavy on the meaning

22 Dec

Fellow blogger John Henderson has done a wonderful job describing this year’s Christmas scene in Roma. Ric and I did not get to tour lights a lot before leaving for Paris and London, so I wanted to share his impressions and lovely photos. I was pleased to see that Via del Corso did indeed get decked out.

Christmas has special meaning in the center of Christendom, but even St. Peter's Square is understated. Photo by Marina Pascucci Christmas has special meaning in the center of Christendom, but even St. Peter’s Square is understated. Photo by Marina Pascucci
I grew up in the capital of the commercial world and now live in the capital of the Catholic world. It is Christmas time, a time when capitalism and religion merge into a big, sparkling Christmas ball — a green Christmas ball. Comparing Christmas in Rome to Christmas anywhere in the U.S. is like staring at the moon compared to staring at a spotlight. I never get tired of staring at the moon in Rome. Every night it sits above the Tiber River across the street from my terrace, like a big wheel of mozzarella cheese. Stare at a spotlight long enough and you’ll go blind, kind of like looking at Christmas lights that have been up since before Thanksgiving.

Christmas in Rome is one of my favorite times of…

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5 Responses to “Christmas in Rome: Lighter on the lights but heavy on the meaning”

  1. Chloe Erkenbrecher December 23, 2015 at 17:24 #

    I will follow him. Yes, I do love Italy and my husband and I are still trying to figure out how we ended up in France. Guess we love it too.

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  2. Nigel December 22, 2015 at 19:29 #

    That’s an absolutely fab description of how he feels about Rome,and what Roma is. Thanks so much for reposting it. I love it. I’ve subscribed to the blog, and followed him on Twitter. I have to go back to his descriptions of the baker’s tomb, one of my favourite places in Roma.

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    • gooddayrome December 22, 2015 at 20:12 #

      John is a terrific writer. Glad you enjoyed the piece!

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  3. Chloe Erkenbrecher December 22, 2015 at 18:57 #

    Thank you for sharing all of that beauty.

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    • gooddayrome December 22, 2015 at 19:02 #

      Merry Christmas Chloe! John Henderson writes a great blog. I hope you will follow him, Italophile that you are!

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