Here in Ascoli Piceno, the Christmas season has gotten off to its official start with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary on December the 8th. Although a very few subtle indications of jumping the decoration starting gun in store windows may have shown up in mid to late November, there is nothing in evidence that reflects the trend in the U.S. of Christmas overrunning Halloween.
The two principal Piazzas, Popolo and Aringo, have been strung with festive lights (as above). The Christmas Market ‘chalets’ have been erected in Piazza Aringo along with the community Christmas Tree in addition to the holiday ice-skating rink. Loudspeakers play Christmas music. [...]