Letter from the President: December 2023

Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.” —Richelle E. Goodrich

There is no more beautiful month than December – December is a simple wish that brings spectacular moments to celebrate sharing, love and family. In Italy, Christmas is one of the most awaited holidays of the year for both adults and kids due to its magical and suggestive atmosphere. Children get into the festive mood in anticipation of “Babbo Natale” and his gifts. For adults, the purpose of exchanging gifts and greetings is to tell others how much you care about them.
Above all, the holiday season, no matter how you celebrate it, is a wonderful opportunity to remember that childhood lesson of: sharing. To be together with the whole family, around a beautiful table set for the special occasion. Sharing food and common experiences is one of the fundamental ways in which important emotional relationships can be established and family values and friendships are created.

Many activities are planned for this month to create the special holiday mood and atmosphere. The highlight of the month is our Christmas party on December 1st at the Sala Bianca of Teatro Sociale in Como. Good food, tasty wine, live music, surprises and a lot of fun will be the “ingredients” of the evening. Don’t miss it!

On December 3rd, myself, a food writer, Eleonora, a wine critic, and Michaela, an enthusiast in culinary delights, will come together to curate a captivating blind tasting experience, unraveling the mysteries of savoring the finest Panettone – the well-known Christmas tradition in Italy – and finding a perfect wine pairing with prestigious Franciacorta wine.

Many other events are organized to make the season even more special in our country’s traditions. Check our monthly calendar so you don’t miss them.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and New Year, full of Health, Joy and Happiness, and I hope to see you at our December coffee morning on Dec. 6th to exchange wishes in front of tasty Panettone.

Warm regards,




Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn