The 2015 "Il Bel Centro" Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The 2015 "Il Bel Centro" Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The Christmas music playing at Michael's and the sudden switch from everything pumpkin-flavored to everything candy-cane-flavored indicates that though I'm still enjoying the crunch of fall leaves underfoot, the holiday season really is upon us. Though there's a part of me that misses the simplicity of our Umbrian Christmas, there's much to enjoy in the patterns of gift giving we've developed here over the years. From these patterns I've collected a list of gift ideas that I thought I'd pass along to you. Each gift idea embraces the IBC values of savoring moments and encouraging connection, of course with an Italian flavor

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Chasing my Tail

Chasing my Tail

Our culture is suffocatingly competitive. One parent’s school choice calls into question another parent’s decision. One child’s fabulous experience with judo suggests that soccer doesn’t teach important life skills. One child’s dyslexia is cause to self-congratulate one’s own child’s easy reading. One child’s life changing sleep-away camp encourages a sense that our own child lounging away the summer reading comic books is tantamount to writing off any future happiness. We’re always looking to know where we are on the ladder.

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Our Other Neighbors

Our Other Neighbors

I hated taking this post out of the book. It felt like I was betraying the cats that gave our Spellani days such flavor and joy. So I'm so happy to be bringing this back to the website. I love it when people send me photos of these animals from their trip to Spello. If you take a photo, include it in the comment section! I'd love this to be an homage to the animals that enrich small town life.

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