4 December 2006

Christmas is coming......




You know that Christmas is coming when you get woken up by 3 singing Father Christmases below your balcony at 9 o'clock on a Sunday morning..
They kicked off with "Jingle Bells" - a good Christmas classic, then they moved on to "Happy Birthday to you" mmmm I think their play list wasn't prepared too well.

Having people come round singing and playing music on a morning (especially Sunday) is quite common in Naples. The idea is that you throw money down either to get them to shut up, or on rare occasions, to show your appreciation. In fact, one of the singing Father Christmases shouted "Buon Natale a tutti! Amma mangia pure noi" (Translated: "Merry Christmas to everyone. We need to eat too!"

Strangely people are quite tolerant of this. Kids particularly enjoy watching and throwing a few coins down - inevitably hitting the odd car or cat. In many other areas I'm sure they'd get nothing more than a bucket of water thrown down - or worse.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tha't very funny Delinissima!!!!

sognatrice said...

Excellent pic...and a very warm welcome to you as well :)

shirleym said...

Welcome to the blog world Delina, great to see you up and running.I'm looking forward to reading your posts as I spend quite a bit of time in Napoli as my DH was born there.

Delina said...

Thanks for your welcome message shirley :)

Michellanea said...

Welcome. This blogging thing gets kind of addictive. I've only been to Naples once to catch a ferry but I did have time for a real pizza - no comparison with the cracker crust with tomato paste they call pizza up here in Milan!

Kataroma said...

Wow- that definitely wouldn't happen in Rome. Naples really is a very different place. Not sure how I would react to the singing at 9am thing - to be honest I'd probably be throwing a bucket of water.

Love the blog BTW!