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  • 12 Days of Christmas for Italians

    Whether you are full-blooded, part-blooded, an Italian by marriage, or just an Italophile, you'll get a kick out of this ditty.
    Our Paesani

    By Francesca Di Meglio

    While we Americans are toiling at the office or wherever it is that we work during the holiday season, Italians are taking it easy. Most of them have off from Christmas Eve until the Epiphany on Jan. 6. Much of Europe celebrates the holiday through the "12 Days of Christmas." The song isn't just about some make-believe, fantasy world where the holidays lasts and lasts. With that in mind, I set out to write my own 12 days of Christmas for Italians.

    There are a few other versions out there, but they either cater to Italian Americans (5 Uncle Vinnies and a bowl of parmesan cheese) or to the stereotypes associated with our people when they're outside of the homeland (12 Days of a Guido Christmas or the Good Fellas version). This one pays homage to real Italians in Italy but it's a little humorous, too. Here goes:

    On the first day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    An espresso in Na-pol-iiiiii

    On the second day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiiii

    On the third day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    On the fourth day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    4 Latin lovers calling
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    On the fifth day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    5 Calamari rings
    4 Latin lovers calling
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    On the sixth day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    6 Juventus players-a-scoring
    5 Calamari rings
    4 Latin lovers calling
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    On the seventh day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    7 Wine makers-a-drinking
    6 Juventus players-a-scoring
    5 Calamari rings
    4 Latin lovers calling
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    On the eighth day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    8 Mammas-a-doing laundry
    7 Wine makers-a-drinking
    6 Juventus players-a-scoring
    5 Calamari rings
    4 Latin lovers calling
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    On the ninth day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    9 Dancers of the Tarantella
    8 Mammas-a-doing laundry
    7 Wine makers-a-drinking
    6 Juventus players-a-scoring
    5 Calamari rings
    4 Latin lovers calling
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    On the tenth day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    10 Nonnas-a-“advising”
    9 Dancers of the Tarantella
    8 Mammas-a-doing laundry
    7 Wine makers-a-drinking
    6 Juventus players-a-scoring
    5 Calamari rings
    4 Latin lovers calling
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    On the eleventh day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    11 Prosciuttos di Parma hanging
    10 Nonnas-a-“advising”
    9 Dancers of the Tarantella
    8 Mammas-a-doing laundry
    7 Wine makers-a-drinking
    6 Juventus players-a-scoring
    5 Calamari rings
    4 Latin lovers calling
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    On the twelfth day of Christmas my true amore gave to me
    12 Ferrari engines revving
    11 Prosciuttos di Parma hanging
    10 Nonnas-a-“advising”
    9 Dancers of the Tarantella
    8 Mammas-a-doing laundry
    7 Wine makers-a-drinking
    6 Juventus players-a-scoring
    5 Calamari rings
    4 Latin lovers calling
    3 Pizzaioli
    2 Armani suits
    And an espresso in Na-pol-iiiii

    Di Meglio is the author of Fun with the Family New Jersey (Globe Pequot Press Travel, 2012) and you can follow her life and work at the Two Worlds Web site.


    Article Published 12/23/13

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