“Pasqua con chi vuoi ma Natale con i tuoi” is a familiar Italian adage meaning ‘spend Easter with whom you like but spend Christmas with your own.”
Our own are us two, our cats and ducks (and two goldfish to be on the complete side) and that’s the company we spent our Christmas with.
First we opened our presents (which are strictly either utilitarian or chocolaty).
Then Sandra set busy preparing Christmas lunch.
After the hors d’oevre which consisted of home-made bread crostini with salmon and liver pate a la fiorentina:
we plunged into scrumptious oven-baked lasagne:
This was followed by quails and a variety of vegetables including fennel and mushrooms. Delicious!
We finished off with mince pie and cream.
After a little festive rest after lunch we went for our traditional Christmas walk with two of our cats Carlotta and Cheeky. (Napoleon is over seventy cat years old so we made an allowance for him).
The evening finished with us watching the Moscow ballet production of the ‘Nutcracker’ as performed at Lucca’s Giglio Theatre (see my post on that at https://longoio2.wordpress.com/2016/12/08/nuts-about-ballet-in-lucca/ )
The Christmas period in Italy has been so mild that it hardly seems winter at all – rather a harbinger of spring. I wonder if winter will really make itself felt later on, however…