Living in a small city like Cosenza, it is often difficult to get into the Christmas spirit. For one thing, the weather is mild so you won’t find those cold, chilly wintery days with a sprinkling of snow on rooftops and cars. In Toronto, Christmas decorations start appearing right after Halloween, but here in Cosenza it is tradition to wait until December 8th, the day of the Immaculate Conception, to turn on the Christmas street lights that seem to ignite that Christmasy feeling in all of us.
Thankfully, the Mercatini di Natale (Christmas Markets) are popping up all over Italy. Here in Cosenza, the Mercatino di Natale has been up and running for a couple weeks now. There is nothing quite like an Italian Christmas market to get you into the holiday spirit.
You will be sure to find everything you could possibly want or need to build, construct or expand your Nativity scene. It is a time-honored tradition that is taken very seriously here.
The Christmas market also has everything you need to make a beautiful centerpiece for your table or wreath for your door.
And of course, you can’t forget the commercial side of Christmas with Santa Claus, tree ornaments and other fun decor.
How do you get into the Christmas spirit?