7 December 2006
Star or spikey thing on top of the tree?
Tomorrow is a holiday here - Immacolata, so no work. Yippee! Traditionally it's the day when people trim the house up for Christmas and prepare the tree and sometimes the presepe (nativity scene/crib) which are popular here. So this is what we'll be doing tomorrow. Just the tree though, no presepe.
I needed to buy a star for the top and a few more decorations too. looking around I've noticed it's not easy to find a star for the top of the tree here, instead I've found lots of long spikey things which I've found out are called pennacchio (?) - as can been seen in the picture. I'm not sure if this a Neapolitan tradition, or if it extends further afield.
Preferring to have a star on the top of the tree I thought where can I go? Then I decided that surely the Swedes have stars on top of their trees too, so Ikea it was! Mission complete, Ikea saves the day once more, so the star will go on top of the tree tomorrow.