Italian Christmas Decorations

by Ragtimelil

For those of us who are Italian, or part Italian, it's fun to remember our heritage with some decorations and ornaments from Italy.

Buon Natale and Merry Christmas to all. This collection of Italian Christmas ornaments includes some exquisite decorations for all and some that proudly proclaim our Italian heritage.

Let's not forget La Befana this time of year. She's the old woman who was too busy with housework to go with the three wise men to follow the star. She regretted her refusal later so she gathered her broom and a bag of toys and set out to find the newborn child. Some say she never found him. She still travels about leaving toys for good children and lumps of coal (hard candy) for the bad.

Babbo Natale Ornament and Figurine

Father Christmas

Father Christmas really was not the same as our modern day Santa. He didn't bring gifts and wasn't particularly associated with children. He actually was more closely related  to the northern deity, Woden. He was fond of feasting though as evidenced by his plump middle.

Over the years, cultures have merged him with our Santa Claus. Here you get one ornament for the tree and a slightly larger Babbo Natale for the mantle.

These collectable figures comes boxed and the taller one measures approximately 4 1/2 inches tall. It comes with a description that makes it a perfect gift

Hand Painted Ceramic Ornaments

Hand Made in Sicily

If you're looking for something authentically Italian, you'll want to look at these gorgeous hand made ornaments. They are hand painted with traditional Sicilian motifs. They are created by a small family run company in Messina. Their mission is to bring you the finest in Baroque and Istoriato designs from Sicilian art heritage.

Each ornament measures 3.5 inches and they come in a set of four. They can be mixed and matched with other hand painted Christmas ornaments in their collection.

Italian Greyhound Ornament

Italian greyhounds were very popular in renaissance Italy and still are a favorite breed today. They are truly sight hounds even though the American Kennel Club places them in the toy group. They are athletic and agile and can reach speeds up to 25 mph. They are a sociable breed that loves people but are rather fragile and may not be suitable for small children.

This adorable Italian greyhound angel ornament is a great ornament for the tree, a decoration for the mantel or a gift. It is cast of stone resin and is about 2 inches tall.

Singing Italian Santa

I never met an Italian who didn't love music. This charming figure depicts a very Italian Santa taking a break to sing a song. He's playing a lute and carrying an Italian flag. He'd be great on your mantle or under the tree as a gift.

He comes in his very own gift box too and is made cold cast resin and hand painted for amazing detail. He stands approximately 5.25 inches tall.


Buon Natale

Here's another small ornament that proudly carries the flag and wishes everyone a merry Christmas. You could start a collection of these fine original ornaments.You could even make your own. They make great gifts for your Italian friends.

It is printed on white ceramic and measures 3 by 2.8 inches. Order early for Christmas.


Nativity Set

If you love the nativity scene, you will love these figures. They are done in amazing detail by outstanding craftsmen. There are more figures you can collect and add to your set. You can start even with just a plain stable and add the figures as you go.

This model has seven pieces in addition to the stable and they measure approximately 5 inches. They are made in Italy in a traditional design and shipped to you with a story card.

City of Milan

If you have a Christmas scene or ever thought about starting a collection, this building is a great way to start. You can add this dress shop, called Milano of Italy, that was designed and manufactured exclusively by Department 56.
It is a is a hand-painted porcelain building that has a brick front, two window displays and is decorated for the season. It was introduced in 2004 and retired in 2007.It measures approximately 4 inches by 10 inches

An Italian Christmas Carol

A beautiful redition of a popular Italian Cristmas carol
Updated: 12/01/2012, Ragtimelil
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Italian Christmas Comments

Ragtimelil on 11/19/2013

It certainly is. I didn't even think about the special cookies my mom used to make with a special press that would turn them into snowflakes.

Rose on 11/19/2013

I love hearing about different Christmas traditions - and I especially love eating the different traditional Christmas sweets all my friends make according to their own particular custom. Christmas is such a rich season, isn't it?

Ragtimelil on 12/10/2012

They are indeed! Can't you just picture them on a tree?

katiem2 on 12/10/2012

Yes they are very reminiscent of Old World charm.

Ragtimelil on 12/07/2012

Thank YOU. I love the painted ones too.

katiem2 on 12/07/2012

WOW what stunning and brilliant ornaments, love the painting technique. Thanks for sharing the Italian Christmas decor. :)K

Ragtimelil on 12/07/2012

And thank you for your kind comments.

teddletonmr on 12/07/2012

What magnificent Christmas decorations. I like them all the art work is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Ragtimelil on 12/05/2012

Great! Send pictures!

HollieT on 12/05/2012

Love the hand painted baubles and the dress shop, oh I like the Pipka Santa too. Now I'm thinking about Christmas in Italy, not this year of course. :)

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