Panettone: An Italian Holiday Tradition

When I first saw panettone, I thought it was the ubiquitous fruitcake that you see around the holidays. You know- the dense brick of a log that everyone hates, but gets as a gift…but no, I found out it is much, much more.

The Vatican’s Christmas Tree

A 100-foot tall fir tree from Italy’s South Tyrol was put into place in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican today. The Christmas tree will be decorated with 2,000 balls and officially lit on the afternoon of Dec. 14th. There’s also a life-size nativity scene in place in the square.   Hundreds of people gather in St. Peter’s Square on …