In Italy, Christmas trees arrived in the second half of the nineteenth century thanks to Queen Margherita . Tradition now has it that Christmas trees are put up in Italy on 8th December and taken down on 6th January each year, like clockwork. Another important part of Italian Christmas is the nativity scene.
The New Year in Italy is celebrated with firecrackers that illuminate the sky to welcome in the 1st of January. Many people throw old stuff out of windows, as if to throw away all the negative things of the past year, expecting better from the future.
The Christmas and New Year parties are well-established tradition to bring families together not only to exchange gifts, but to rediscover the joy of meeting at the table together.