Papal Swiss Guards
TV in the hotel on Christmas Eve
This is as close as we got to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. We watched some of it on our little tv.
Christmas Day Papal Blessing, St. Peter's
We got to visit St. Peter's square on Christmas day. The Pope gives a Christmas blessing from the balcony at the basilica. We didn't understand much (he did do a bit in English) but it was fun to be there for all the pomp and circumstance.
1st Nativity Scene, Presepe
We did a Christmas Eve tour of the Presepe throughout Rome. This is thought to be the first one. We saw large and small, simple and ornate. Italians are serious about their Presepe and collect special pieces over many years.
Rome Baptist Church, Christmas Eve
Yes, we found a Baptist Church in Rome. It was interesting to be in another country celebrating at a English speaking church. They were very welcoming and we went outside into the Piazza to sing carols by candlelight.
Something you have to eat while in Italy. Steve and I had plenty of sweet treats.