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Buon Natale

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here…  sending you all Auguri di Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo.


And to all of our loved ones who have left us this year including my Nonna – who passed away yesterday – two days before her birthday – may God hold you in the palm of his hand and keep you safe until we see you again. We love you.

My “Nonnarella” and me Christmas 2002

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21 comments to Buon Natale

  • Oh Joe – I’m so sorry to hear about your nonna. You can see from the photo what a beautiful woman she was and how much love you had for each other. It will be a bittersweet holiday for many of us but we will manage to get through, knowing that we had so much goodness in our lives from our loved ones who have found eternal peace. I’m sure she’d want you to enjoy the holiday and those delicious looking struffoli.

  • Very sorry to hear of your loss Joe. Touches my heart too as Struffoli was my favorite Christmas treat that I only really enjoyed when my nonna, who passed few years ago, use to make it. Both are sadly missed.
    Wishing you some bit of comfort this Christmas season, as hard as that will be to come by I’m sure.

  • My best to you. We don’t have any “old people” left in our family and there is such a hole during the holidays. But we’re lucky to have them in our lives for so long and for the traditions and love they passed on to us.

  • Joe,

    I am very sorry for your loss. It’s been almost 4 years since my Nonna has passed and though I miss her and still think of her almost daily, the Holidays are especially the most difficult. All the food and love they give to us, so irreplaceable. It’s been 4 years since I’ve had good struffoli or ceci frito!

    We are blessed to have them in our lives as long as we do and we always have the great memories.

    Keep up the good work on your blog and hang in there.

    Angelo

  • My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Nonna, Joe, especially around the holidays. I’m sure you will keep her spirit alive by keeping your family traditions in food going in her honor. A Buon Natale to you and yours. (And I loved your Italian gift guide – great ideas! I read “Marcus of Umbria” this summer, thanks to Chow Ciao Linda.)

  • Sorry to hear about your grandmother, Joe. My sympathy to you and your family.

    On a lighter note, struffoli is my all-time favorite treat.

  • Joe, I’m so sorry about the loss of your dear Nonna, may you take comfort in all the wonderful memmories you shared together with her, I know her spirit will be shown here on your blog through all of your cooking.
    Buon Natale Joe!

  • I am very sorry to hear about your beloved Nonna. The photo just shines with love. May you be blessed with love this holiday season. Wishing you all good things in 2011!

  • I am so sorry about your Nonna’s passing. I lost an aunt the same day 5 years ago. Your were fortunate to have her see what a wonderful cook you are. And you will keep her memory alive with her recipes. I will keep you and your family in my prayers this Christmas.

  • casalba

    Sending you and your family love from across the pond, Sally xxx

  • Joe, she was a beautiful woman. I’m sure you have so many wonderful memories of her.
    I too lost my nonna this past August. She was 98! I was surprised how much it effected me, so I know what you are feeling.
    All the best to you and your family this Natale.
    Carolina

  • Joe–I’m so sorry for your loss. Your Nonnarella had warm eyes and no doubt a very big heart. Keeping you and your family in my prayers at this difficult time.

  • Joe, I am sorry for such a great loss, but you have many great memories I am sure.
    Our prayers are with you.

  • So sorry about your Nonna’s passing…grandmothers are such special people in our lives, and the holidays just aren’t the same without them :( Still, I hope 2011 brings tante belle cose for you and yours.

  • I am arriving late and am sorry to hear of your Nonna’s passing. The photo of the 2 of you is wonderful and captures both of your proud spirits. Losing special people is especially hard at the holidays. May this year bring you joy and fond memories with the passage of time.

  • Joe

    Joe—
    My condolences as well, I know how you feel. I lost my 96 year old Nonna just about a year ago after decades of growing up around her…life just isn’t the same. She is the inspiration for many of the posts that I write, and hopefully I can carry on the wonderful traditions that she made me a part of.

    God bless!

  • Todd

    Deepest sympathies. December 23, I came home from Christmas shopping to the unexpected news my Italian host father had died. Felt completely inappropriate to follow up with “Buon Natale” a day and a half later. I hope you, like my host family and me, had a Christmas filled more with fond remembrance than the inevitable sadness. May they both rest in peace.

  • francesca

    So very sadden to hear of our loss. Condolences to you and your family.

    Francesca

  • silvia

    Sorry about your loss…granparents are just very special. But the pic you posted it’s an easter sweet :)

  • Ricevete le mie condoglianze,sicurisima che la vostra Nonna e in Paradiso.rosa fracchiolla

  • Linda

    Hi Joe, This brings back memories from my grandma when we helped her make pignolatti’s. So glad I found your site. Keep it up!

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