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American Christmas VS. Italian-American Christmas!

Eh, Painsano! Buona Natale!

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There's nothing quite like Christmas time, right? The snow in the air, the holiday cheer and quality time with your family. And if you're Italian, Christmas is a bigger celebration than that of your friend's families. Here are a few reasons why.

How you greet each other at the door.

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Aw, isn't that sweet? A gentle, warm hug from a loved one.

How WE greet each other at the door.

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There's very little exaggeration here. The only thing missing is ten cousins tackling to hug you and that one uncle sarcastically yelling, "Who the hell invited this kid?"

Every family has a traditional Christmas dinner...

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You know the typical dinner: Turkey or ham, some sort of vegetable, bread, potatoes. A meal pretty similar to that of Thanksgiving. A perfect meal fit for a Norman Rockwell painting.

But an Italian family's Christmas dinner has a little extra...

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Of course we eat the traditional Christmas dinner! What, are you crazy or somethin'? But, we eat a little more than the average American. So, there's usually an extra side of pasta, some meatballs, sausage, probably some pork or beef and salad. Because we're watching our figures.

The American Family sits comfortably all together at one table...

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Isn't that cute... One table...

One table? HA! Never gonna happen.

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Please! There are going to be dinner tables in at least three different rooms!

Me: "Eh, Nonna! It's so good! Molto bene!"

*Crowd cheers*

Nonna: "What?"

Me: "IT'S VERY GOOD!"

Nonna: "I LOVE YOU, TOO!"

Your Christmas cookies...

I mean, gingerbread is good and all but...
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I mean, gingerbread is good and all but...

OUR Christmas cookies.

And that's not even all of them!"WHO ATE ALL THE STRUFOLLI?!?!"
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And that's not even all of them!

"WHO ATE ALL THE STRUFOLLI?!?!"

And just how long does it take to open presents?

Friend: It took forever to open presents this year. Like, 20 minutes or something.Me: *Biggest eye-roll known to man*

Friend: It took forever to open presents this year. Like, 20 minutes or something.

Me: *Biggest eye-roll known to man*

Yup, that's more like it...

Yeah, that's why we bring pj's with us to Nonna's house. This is gonna take some time. Now, everyone sit down and be silent or your name will be called last!
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Yeah, that's why we bring pj's with us to Nonna's house. This is gonna take some time. Now, everyone sit down and be silent or your name will be called last!

While most families gather 'round to sing "Deck the Halls"...

"Fa la la la la, la la la la!"
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"Fa la la la la, la la la la!"

We're SCREAMING "Dominic the Donkey" and "Peppino the Italian Mouse"

"Chingedy Ching!"Whatever your traiditions are, Christmas time is a very special time to spend with the ones you love. Give hugs and kisses, eat too much and open as many presents as you can! Mostly, share love with those around you and cherish this special time together. From my family to yours...
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"Chingedy Ching!"

Whatever your traiditions are, Christmas time is a very special time to spend with the ones you love. Give hugs and kisses, eat too much and open as many presents as you can! Mostly, share love with those around you and cherish this special time together. From my family to yours...

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