Italy’s Christmas season typically goes from the beginning of December in one year through the beginning of January in the next year. It has many opportunities for celebrating because:
• Every day honors saints;
• Six weeks in all will be devoted to preparing for Christmas Eve and Day on December 24 – 25 and Epiphany Eve and Day on January 5 – 6.
In the transition from one month to another, there is ample opportunity to celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day on:
• December 31;
• January 1.
Villagers in peninsular Italy’s hilly, southwestern, sunny, tradition-bound Calabria know that all of the above-mentioned dates will host cultural and religious festivities. They always look forward to their beloved, industrious “Strega Nona’s Gift.”