Without Thanksgiving in Florence, I have other cues that Christmas is coming. Besides being the beginning of December, the city is already alit with lights strung up between buildings on many of the streets. For a few days, they were up, but not all were turned on until recently. The one thing that always signals the coming of Christmas is the Mercato tedesco di Natale (German Christmas market) in Piazza Santa Croce, which opened up yesterday.
This morning when I was on my way to an appointment, I was happy to see the skies clear up a little bit after the rain weíve been having. I took a photo of the mercato. Now, I feel that Christmas is just around the corner.
I love the mercato and I canít wait to peruse the booths and have lunch there at least once.
Besides the Mercato tedesco di Natale, there are many Christmas fairs all around town. Iím looking forward to see the hand-made crafts that I can get a few pensierini (small gifts) for my friends.
The spirit of Christmas is in the way, and itís one of the brightest and liveliest periods of the year in Florence. I intend to indulge in the vibrant energy that the city is now generating.
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