One of the things that makes Cortona Christmas different from San Francisco Christmas is the timing with decorations. It seems that right after Halloween it immediately becomes Christmas in the US. Here in Cortona, the lights on Via Nazionale and Piazza della Repubblica were the first things to appear. The truck with the "cherry picker" basket arrived on December 7th and started to install the lights which hang above the street like a canopy of white strands of lights. The tradition is that decorating should begin on the holiday of the Immaculate Conception (December 8). Carlotta was decorated by her Sig.ra Paola, her groomer with her annual red holiday bows and then we set about deciding how to transform our B&B-
Here's a picture of some of our effort and that of some of our neighbors' to welcome in the holiday season:
Giulio and Antonella's window is always eye catching
No cookies and milk for Santa when he stops in Cortona-Vin Santo and Cantucci take the chill off better!
Ivan always goes all out-he really knows how to organize a transformation that would make the best Christmas elf proud
Marco and Paola Nocchia's Galleries bring back memories of Christmases Past in Downtown, SF.
Even Roberto and Nunzi got into the spirit:
Which spread over to Massimo's Bar
And so the stage is set for Christmas in Cortona 2008-
God Bless Us One and All!