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Archive for December, 2011

Buon Natale – Merry Christmas – 2011

Posted by Alex Colao on December 25, 2011

To all our family and friends we wish you all a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!  Alex and Lorraine

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” -Buddha

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Nativity Scene in Italy

Posted by Alex Colao on December 19, 2011

A nativity scene, crèche, or crib, is a depiction of the birth of Jesus as described in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. Nativity scenes exhibit figures representing the infant Jesus, his mother Mary, and Mary’s husband, Joseph. Some nativity scenes include other characters from the Biblical story such as shepherds, the Magi, and angels. The figures are usually displayed in a stable, cave, or other structure. 
Saint Francis of Assisi is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223 (a “living” one) intending thereby to cultivate the worship of Christ. The scene’s popularity inspired communities throughout Christendom to stage similar pantomimes and eventually to create elaborate and ever more elaborate static exhibitions with wax and ivory figurines garbed in rich fabrics set against intricate landscapes.
   Worlds Largest Tree in Gubbio

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Il Presepio nel Santuario della Madonna Del Granato

Posted by Alex Colao on December 10, 2011

Capaccio, Salerno 2011-2012
Anche quest’anno (così come avviene ininterrottamente da oltre un ventennio), nel  Santuario della Madonna del Granato  si propone all’ ammirazione dei devoti del Granato, un bellissimo presepe: artigianale per la sua messa in opera ma veramente artistico,  per il  risultato ottenuto.


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John Lennon Dreamsite

Posted by Alex Colao on December 8, 2011

John Lennon left this earth on Dec. 8, 1980. But the way Yoko Ono sees it, the Beatle’s joyously populist specter has never been busier.
“Now that John’s a spirit, he has a different effect on people than when he was alive,” Ono, 78, says during a call from Tokyo, where she’ll attend a concert of Japanese musicians performing her husband’s works.
“Spirits talk on a pure level and don’t get distracted by people saying things like, ‘That’s nice, but why’s he wearing that?’ ” she says in a slightly weary voice that betrays the midnight hour. “Of course, it would still be better if John was around.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Posted by Alex Colao on December 8, 2011

December 8, “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception” is the subject of a lot of misconceptions (so to speak). Perhaps the most common one, held even by many Catholics, is that it celebrates the conception of Christ in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That the feast occurs only 17 days before Christmas should make the error obvious! We celebrate another feast—the Annunciation of the Lord—on March 25, exactly nine months before Christmas. It was at the Annunciation, when the Blessed Virgin Mary humbly accepted the honor bestowed on her by God and announced by the angel Gabriel, that the conception of Christ took place.
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