Italy may be the ultimate Christmas destination. The terrific food, the elaborate decorations, the 12 days of celebrating, it’s all just too exciting to think about!
Not all of us are able to travel overseas for a Christmas vacation, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make an Italian Christmas a reality. All we have to do is decorate our homes in a theme that is reminiscent of Italian designers. Here are some tips that will get you there.
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The Presepe or nativity is popularly incorporated into Italian Christmas décor. You can purchase a nativity piece or ornament, but to get more creative with it, collect figurines that signify the Biblical figures present at the special event. If you are handy, consider making your own out of wood and other materials.
Rustic is a popular interior design look. When rustic meets Italian, it typically features natural woods, warm stain finishes, decorative hand painted items, natural stone and terracotta tiles. While you may be able to find a piece that fits the bill at a shop that sells Italian décor, you can also create your own. An elegant combination of the right outdoor items, like twigs, branches and evergreen boughs will be ideal.
Pandoro is an Italian sweet bread that is often served on Christmas and New Year. It is typically shaped like an eight-pointed star. Make your pandoro the focal point of your table by decorating it with colorful creams and candies and putting an ornament on top. You can also bake it into the shape of a tree and add the appropriate ornaments.
Murano Glass Ornaments
Murano glassware is a type of glassware made by hand on the Murano island of Venice. It uses specific recipes and techniques passed down by generations. The end result is lovely, hand blown decorative glass that is often used to make Christmas ball ornaments. Treat yourself to a few that can be hung from your tree or around your home.
Italian Baroque Style Cherubs
Angels have always been meaningful symbols of the Christmas season. To add them with the right Italian flair, look for angels with flowing robes and chubby cheeks that are holding musical instruments. These will be in the style of the Italian Baroque cherubs that were created by Gain Lorenzo Bernini and featured in the Borghese Gallery.
Turin Christmas Tree
Every year, a Christmas tree event is hosted at Piazza Castella Central Square in Turin, Italy. Contemporary artists participate displaying work that uses high tech light-art to captures a style similar to that of Murano handblown glass. These pieces will be difficult to replicate, but if you’re lucky, you may find some with a similar vibe in your hometown.
You may not be able to visit Italy this year but decorating your home in an Italian inspired style will take you across the seas, minus the expense and stress of traveling. Which of these ideas will you be incorporating into this season’s décor?