The Christmas season in Florence

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It’s here! The city is geared up for Christmas.

 

The tree was placed, awaiting the lights.  It was lit up on the evening of 8 December.

And, later:

 

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The fancy stores and hotels have lovely decorations:

 

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I feel like the creche scene at San Lorenzo is always a bit sad.

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I love the way the statue of justice is reflected on the wall to the left:

 

I like the simple, natural decorations the best. Below this church uses garlands of evergreens and citrus:

 

 

 

A local charity had a bazaar the other weekend and I spotted this Santa Claus there.  Can you tell that Santa Claus is not a natural part of the Italian holiday of Natale?  I think it is obvious. There were some kids around, but no one wanted to sit on his lap!

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