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“2014 -- The Year of the Italian Language in America”

December Greetings From Gioia Company and Buon Natale in Roma.
Celebrate Italian Traditions with us at Festa Gioia Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and 14 noon to six p.m.

December Traditions in Italy

Tell me who would not love this good news that a Savior is born who will save us from the pain and suffering of the world? How you choose to embrace this message is up to you. But it is good news. It does not mean “shop til you drop.” It means rejoice, give thanks, have hope, live a life of faith, hope, charity and prayer. Be the hands, feet, mind, and heart of good. Christmas as we know it is a Christian holiday, but the message, Il Messagio, is universal and crosses all cultures and religions.

Italy has very special celebrations in the month of December. Since Roma was my home we will talk about some of the wonderful festivals there this month:
  • Would you like to see Rome from one of the seven hills? As the lights come on in the ancient city? Visit Lo Zodiaco Bar on Monte Mario, worth the taxi or bus ride.
  • Christmas in Vatican City, and viewing the Christmas tree in St Peter’s square is a beautiful tradition welcoming pilgrims of the world of all religions. The Pope will preside over midnight mass in St Peter’s and give a message and blessing at noon the next day.
  • Piazza Navona is host to the famous Christmas Market of Rome. Would you like to see it? Here is a link to webcams in various places in Rome, so you can virtually enjoy being there at this time of year. They are 9 hours in advance of Pacific Standard Time. I enjoy checking in about 10:30 pm when the city of Roma is waking. For the evening Christmas Market it is good to check in at 10:30 am PST.
  • Food traditions for this time of year vary in each Province of Italy. Ravioli are commonly a Christmas tradition. You can also enjoy a baked pasta, Pasta al Forno. (Click here to get a recipe.) If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area you must visit Donato Enoteca in Redwood City for authentically prepared recipes. The restaurant is a short distance from La Biscotteria so you can fill up on Italian pastries
  • And for good wines from La Provincia di Roma, Lazio, imagine the wines of the Roman Castles region available at Castelli Romani Wines Roma
Festa Gioia will feature some of these foods and wines at in December. And after lunch the traditional pannetone and un po di Limoncello and a caffe from Bel Bacio Italian Café. As a special treat during December Festa Gioia, artist friends will make appearances for trunk shows with jewelry, stocking stuffers, glass blown ornaments. Read more ...

Visit all of these wonderful companies' websites or you can purchase online.

For your table, for hospitality gifts, or for holiday purchases please consider Gioia Italian Art and Products. Visit our website and make sure to enjoy the artist's page. Know when you purchase from us, you are supporting artists who love what they do. Gioia Company celebrates Festa Gioia on Sat. and Sun., Dec 13 and 14 from noon to six p.m. and always open by appointment (Call 408.640.6628 for an appointment). To create a custom order or check for available variations on anything on our website, please send us a note.

Wishing you and yours peace and joy, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah.

Calendar November & December

GIOIA ITALIAN ART AND PRODUCTS always opened by appointment in Los Gatos Call Kathy 408.640.6628 or Contact kathywinkelman@gioiacompany.com
And always at your disposal online at www.gioiacompany.com


Italian American Heritage Foundation San Jose
presents World of Italian Opera

Date: Dec. 5 (Fri.)
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Italian American Heritage Foundation (IAHF), 425 N. Fourth St., San Jose, CA 95112
Dinner Boutique Shopping and World of Italian Opera Performances. Proceeds benefit the San Jose Opera. Purchase tickets http://www.iahfsj.org/programs/events/rsvp/

Shop Discover San Jose!
Date: Dec. 5 (Fri.)
Location: Discover San Jose on First Street across the street from the Fairmont Hotel.
Shop Local!! San Jose Sharks store and retail partner for Gioia Company. Discover San Jose Store

Christmas Creche from Around the World
Date: Dec. 6-10 (Sat. - Wed.)
Time: Noon to 9 p.m.
Location: 865 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California
Learn More: http://www.christmascreche.org/

Gioia Christmas Party Festa Gioia
Come over for lunch and holiday shopping!
Date:  Dec. 13 & 14 (Sat. & Sun)
Time:  Noon to 6 p.m.
Location: 16395 Roseleaf Court, Los Gatos, CA
RSVP: Call Kathy 408.640.6628 and Lee Marie 650.967.0765
Shop Gioia Company Italian ceramics, linens, flatware, jewelry. Valentina from Puglia will showcase her crochet neck warmers. Shop Gracie Jewelry designs for wonderful gifts and holiday events. Tom Stanton of Holy City Glass and Andrea Blackwell of Blackwell Cosmetics will join us. Read more about these artists by clicking here.


Showcasing our Boutique Galleries and Wineries . Please shop at our Affiliate Stores:

Discover San Jose Boutique http://discover-sanjose.com/

Bel Bacio Café Little Italy San Jose http://bel-bacio.com/

Guglielmo Winery in Morgan Hill http://www.guglielmowinery.com/

Sculpterra Winery in Paso Robles http://sculpterra.com/

TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES 2015!! Save the Dates!!


Thinking of staying in the Vietri sul Mare region? Here is a B & B owned by one of our friends in Italy, check it out.  
CASA IDA Historic House Rental & B&B Italy
Campania, near Vietri sul Mari, 
Contact Raffealla Baldi
Cava Dei Tirreni, Campania, Italy
Or on Facebook

Puglia Italy with Valentina
May 27 to June 5, 2015
Travel through the Puglia region
A step into real Puglia with Valentina, Author, Designer, Artist and Native
For more information, click here.

UMBRIA/TUSCANY-- Right on the border
Vacation at Le Selve, an Agriturismo!  Contact info@gioiacompany.com or 408.640.6628 for a special introduction to the owner. Sleeps six or 12. Two stories. Separate units. Beautiful view. Organic olive grove. Walking trails. Full kitchen. Swimming pool.

See you soon...

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