By Beth De Bona Agatha "Aggie" Libassi Westerhoff was working as a nurse in Washington, D.C., when she established a reputation for baking delicious traditional Italian cookies. Westerhoff embraced the popularity, though perhaps didn't expect she would be known as "The Italian Cookie Lady" years later.   "Come Christmas, all the doctor...

Italians in Italy don't like to rush things like in America...savor the day, and holiday...one at a time. Come the 1st of December though, Italians and visitors from throughout Europe will be ready to shop in Italy's traditional Christmas Markets. In Levico Terme, in Valsugana, the Historical Habsburg Park provides the fairytale location for the t...

You are cordially invited to attend a lecture and photo exhibit dedicated to the Presepio Napoletano (Neapolitan Nativity Scene) at the Italian American Museum on Thursday, December 4th.   The evening's program will also feature a DVD based presentation with music and photos of Presepi taken by Anita Sanseverino throughout Naples and in the...

The art of reproducing the nativity scene is linked to an ancient tradition in Italy. Three cities are particularly famous for their presepi: Bologna, Genoa, and Naples.   The Bolognese tradition dates back to the 13th century, and it is different from other nativity scenes realized in Italy because all characters are entirely hand carved, i...

by Cognac Wellerlane   It was a Merry Christmas Italian-style at the 12th Annual "Christmas In Italy" showcasing at the Skirball Center for Performing Arts in Greenwich Village in New York City on December 19, 2015. Audiences started new traditions and created lovely family memories as they were transported to La Bella Italia! All that atte...

The Little Italy Merchants Association (LIMA) will begin its 13th Annual Christmas in Little Italy celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 6:30 PM with a gala Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in the Patio of Most Precious Blood Church, 109 Mulberry Street, between Canal and Hester Streets.   The ceremony, which will be emceed by actor/s...

This may seem odd coming from a Jewish woman from Brooklyn, but I love celebrating Christmas Eve with a feast of the seven fishes. It's a Southern Italian (and now Italian-American) custom in which a grand meal of at least seven different kinds of seafood is served before midnight Mass. The fish part comes from the Catholic practice of abstaining...

From Matera to Gubbio passing by Gangi and Apricale, there are some small towns in Italy that truly look like real life nativity scenes. Swide has selected some of the most beautiful amongst them so that you can breath Christmas atmosphere at its best.   If you are one of those person waiting all year long for Christmas to come, you'll be gl...

by Claudia Astarita   Christmas comes along with a beautiful atmosphere of love, family and...markets! This is a spread tradition worldwide that in Italy turns out to be very special thanks to the mouth-watering food and nativity scenes, finely made by local craftsmen. Let us explore some of the Italian best Christmas markets one should...

Christmas Lights and Cannoli tourI wanted to share one of my favorite holiday happenings around New York -- this one's actually in Brooklyn. You have to check out Tony Muia's Christmas Lights and Cannoli tour, a 3 1/2 hour experience that takes you to Dyker Heights, the Italian-American section of Brooklyn, affectionately known as Christmas Lights...