What do we do at Christmas?

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog 🙂

Have you watched my newest video yet? I talk about common actions and activities we, Italians, do at Christmas.

Here’s a list of things we do – in Italian -:

  • decorare —> decorare l’albero di Natale – decorare la casa
  • decorazioni (decorazioni – ornaments)
  • fare e ricevere gli auguri di Natale  —> link to video
  • augurare
  • fare e ricevere i regali
  • scambiarsi i regali di Natale
  • aprire i regali
  • fare il presepe (set up the nativity scene)
  • fare l’albero
  • fare il brindisi a cena/pranzo
  • brindare
  • giocare a tombola
  • trascorrere del tempo con i parenti (to spend time with family)
  • guardare i film natalizi in tv
  • organizzare il pranzo di Natale
  • apparecchiare la tavola

In the video I forgot to mention one very important thing we do at Christmas, which is going to the Christmas mass. I usually go at midnight between the 24th and the 25th of December; it is a tradition I’ve been following for a few years now and I prefer the midnight mass to the morning mass on the 25th because it is more calm and quiet, and you can really feel the Christmas religious atmosphere, I think.

What do you do in your country at Christmas? And what’s your favourite tradition to follow?

Let me know 🙂


  1. Lucrezia,

    Thank you for all of your great videos this year! These have helped me to gain confidence in my Italian skills.

    My mother’s family comes from Calvello, IT in Basilicata. A tradition that we do on Christmas Eve is to make calzone. This tradition came to the US from my great grandmother who came to the US on a ship by herself when she was 12 years old. Christmas would not be the same for me without calzone!

    Buon Natale!

    Rick Kiszka
    Columbus, Indiana, USA

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Ciao Lucrezia!
    I have a question for you. 🙂
    When do you decorate the Tree for Xmas in Italy?
    I mean I know – for example – in the UK and in the USA they decorate it at the end of November or at the beginning if December (I don’t know if there is a certain time/day for them) and we – in Hungary – decorate the tree only in the evening 24th of December (la Vigilia di Natale). Basically we spend the Xmas almost the same you said in the video: the family members are together, eating special xmas foods, going to the mass (more times…), etc.
    I love Christmas! 🙂

    So I wish a very merry Christmas to you!
    Buon Natale! 🙂

    1. Ciao Anett! We start decorating the house (nativity scene + tree + decorations) on the 8th of December, the day in which we celebrate the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary 🙂 That is the tradition (which my family and I follow), but many people start decorating even before that date 🙂
      Thank you for sharing your tradition!! 😀

      Buona Natale anche a te!!!


  3. Hi! Dear Lucrezia,I said ‘BOUNO NATALE!’ so much thanks for you effort to teach ,as a suggestion make some words clear with some english expressions.Grazie ,bella teaching style.

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