Italian American Holiday Traditions: Celebrations and Family Entertainment

by Lori Granieri

Italian-American culture is rich with tradition–from weekly family get-togethers around the dinner table to extravagant holiday celebrations with festive music, colorful decorations, cultural dances and meals of as many as 14 courses. This volume features stories, recollections, menus and craft projects, family holiday recipes, and planning ideas from across the United States. Here are stories and guidance for celebrations throughout the year, from the most important family holidays–Christmas and Easter–to the wide variety of other religious holidays and feast days celebrated by many Italian-Americans: St. Joseph’s Day, First Communion and Confirmation celebrations, Epiphany, and more. Also covered are the secular holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. Outlining the many ways the holidays can be celebrated with uniquely Italian flair, this book provides tips to compliment every one with decorations, crafts, gifts, greeting cards, games, activities, music, table settings, and memorable menus.