The magic of expectations, the days that appear to slow down, wishing for Christmas day to lastly get here and longing to fill the time with something special. It’s the excellent of celebrations, the one looked at, no matter the age, with kids’s eyes, enthralled by the festively lit-up streets, the colorful decors and the crisp December air.
Yes, expectation, however also the preparing for the upcoming occasion.
And the whole of Italy, from North to South, from towns to valleys, from small cities to big ones, is dressed up of an unbelievable range of traditions throughout the time that leads to the end-of-year festivities.
Traditions that live and come back to life preparing for the year’s most stunning celebration, and they do so by way of rituals and customs that are lost in the mists of time.
Starting with the Development calendar, a tradition that Loacker brings to the US with its multiple-use reindeer advent calendar, made of felt which can be filled with tasty separately covered Loacker Minis. It’s a special calendar that all kids (and not simply children) get at the start of December. Every day, from December first to the 24th, they open a window behind which there’s a small surprise.
Another ancient custom continues to happen in the northern parts of Italy, the among Saint Nicholas and the Krampus. The great old white bearded guy, dressed like a bishop, brings presents between December 5th and sixth. It’s custom to leave him salt for the donkey, a glass of grappa, and a dish with white flour that the saint will use to cover his footprints.
Saint Nicholas is accompanied by an ominous companion, the demon-like Krampus, a beast that is believed to punish kids who misbehave. Generally young men dress up as the Krampus on the night of December 5th and wander the streets frightening the youngsters, however also the adults, with rusty chains and bells.
Moving more south, on Surprise Eve, the night between January 5 and 6, the “Befana”brings the festive season to an end; one last day of genuine celebration before the kids return to school after the Christmas vacations. Most of the time portrayed as a hag, with a long nose and a sharp chin, the Befana travels everywhere riding a broomstick, checking out the houses of all kids and filling their socks with toys, chocolates and candies, if they are excellent, and sugar-coal as a sweet warning for the naughtier ones.
The list of Italian customs connected to the most wonderful time of the year might be nearly endless, not to mention the multitude of flavors and colors of traditional meals which fill the streets of every area with scrumptious scents, and each year they bring back to life dishes which have actually been bied far unchanged for centuries. A nonstop list of delicacies, each having its own history and tricks.
This is how little and huge routines come to life in every home, not just linked to the delicious meals and sophisticated vacation dinners, but likewise to the small daily treats one ought to give oneself throughout the festive season. Above all, the common hot chocolate, likewise called Densa. A relaxing, thick and extremely creamy enjoyment, the Densa wins the reward for best home cooking, with the added benefit that it is exceptionally easy to prepare. Simply blend cocoa, milk, sugar and cornstarch (or potato starch) and make certain to have your favorite Loacker Quadratini flavor in your kitchen to add that extra touch that’ll make this reassuring beverage an even greater enjoyment.
What do you require for your wafer pops?– Your favorite Loacker Quadratini (Hazelnut, Chocolate, Lemon …)
— Dark, milk and white chocolate for melting
— Preferred toppings (coconut flakes, chocolate shavings, hazelnut pieces)
Position the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and just microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring after each time. When chocolate is looking practically melted with simply a few swellings, do not microwave it once again simply stir the chocolate until it is totally smooth.
Gently place the stick into the Quadratini and dip the Quadratini directly down into the chocolate until it is totally covered with melted chocolate. Include coconut flakes, chocolate shavings or hazelnut pieces then put them into an airtight box and put them in the fridge so that the chocolate can harden. Ready to eat after approx. half an hour.
Not simply a tasty concept, however also an initial one to decorate the table or to present loved ones and good friends with.
What can we say? Let Christmas begin!