But I wanted to fill in some gaps, as the first two weeks in December in Sicily were awesome. We decorated for Christmas and filmed Santa Lucia for a week on the other side of the island (the western coast).
In Sicily, the celebration is passionate, particularly in the corner of Sicily near Syracusa and Mt Etna. We went to a town called Belpasso, where the community spends months constructing beautiful pieces of artwork to commemorate her. (More on that celebration and custom in my recent devotional.) I was struck by the vibrancy and creativity of the whole affair. We celebrated with the community, filming and interviewing throughout, for three days and then travelled to Syracusa (an hour south) to see the more formal procession and celebration.
After filming Santa Lucia, I hopped on a plane to England for Christmas, elated by the idea of Christmas in England and seeing Tim and his family. And it was a fantastic holiday (see next post).