This 3" tall two-tone satin ornament tells the story of the Christmas customs of Italy. Crafted of glass exclusively for Bronner's from Hungary, our Italian Christmas custom ornament is sure to be a fun and enlightening conversation piece for years to come!
Custom on the back of the ornament reads:
Among Italians a novena, nine days of religious preparation, precedes Christmas. On December 23 (or earlier), zampognari (bagpipers), shepherds, or costumed children go from house-to-house and play carols before the family presepio (manger scene). The presepio originated in Italy with St. Francis of Assisi in 1223. Before the traditional Yule log is lit on Christmas Eve, each child must recite a sermon to the Christ Child. Gift-giving is reserved for the day of Epiphany, January 6. On the Twelfth Night, Befana, the old woman who foolishly refused to help the wise men, brings candies and distributes gifts to the children.