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.