Once Christmas Day has passed in the States, the holiday season is in the past for many people. In Italy, the season extends through Epiphany, which is typically on January 6. Christmas decorations remain up, festive lights continue to glow and gifts are even given to some children on that day.
In Lucca this year, signs of the season were everywhere, from piazzas with towering Christmas trees to private doorways with pine swags and even a café window adorned with one sheer red and one sheer green curtain.
At Gigi Trattoria, bunches of holly berries were used to tie back the Christmas-colored curtains. The restaurant is a favorite in Lucca for both Joanne and me (Judy).
Joanne wouldn't let me post the photo of one store window that proudly displayed the words "I Love Xmas" over a fist with a raised middle finger. I had to agree with her. There were too many other "politically correct" shop windows to capture. Below is a glimpse of just a few of them. -post by JG and JB