Florence in the snow
At Société Anonyme here in Florence, we’re going to turn our window into a forest for Christmas, using 20 tree branches with a light at the bottom. The branches will be both outside and inside the shop, to simulate the effect of one big wood. We’ll also be throwing a party for all of our friends and customers, with a live food performance.
The festive window display at Florence boutique Société Anonyme
In Florence we celebrate Christmas Eve with a simple dinner, in most cases this will be fish, and anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus the next day.
Having kids means Christmas Day is an early start, it’s rare to sleep past six in the morning because they are far too excited to sleep.
The centre of Florence during the Christmas period
In town during the Christmas period, Florence is abuzz with lots of flea markets, many selling special seasonal foods from all over Italy. But at lunch time on Christmas Day the streets are completely and utterly empty, there is a long standing tradition in our town of sitting down to a meal with your whole family.
A traditional Florentine Christmas market
We dine on traditional Italian delicacies, ‘Crostini con i fegatini’ (it's toasted bread with liver), ‘Tortellini in brodo’ (the soup is made of capon, which means castrated chicken) then different types of boiled meat (a typical Florentine plate made of several inner parts of the cow- a very special taste) and last but not least, what everybody is waiting for – ‘Tiramisu’ ‘Panettone’ ‘Pandoro’ and ‘caffè’! And after this, of course, nobody is able to move anymore and the whole family stays at home to play games.
Around six or seven pm it’s the tradition to move on and see other relatives, and naturally to eat all over again at eight!
Crostini con i fegatini, Tortellini in brodo and Panettone
The present I’d like to find under the Christmas tree is a Freitag Reference bag. As well as being really well-made, cool pieces, they’re all so very special, with only limited numbers of the bags ever being made.