Friday, January 2, 2009

New Years in Italy

For New Year's Eve, we were invited to the apartment of an Italian couple in our church. We were expecting a cheerful but quiet evening, but little did we know how crazy some Italians get when it comes to New Years! For example, it didn't take long for the Frank Sinatra songs to come out and for all the otherwise respectable adults to take part in the singing. The man in the white shirt in the video and the woman in red were our host and hostess, Roberto and Antoinetta. The fellow on the right in the dark shirt is Robert--an Englishman masquerading as an Italian for the past few decades.

As we've told a few of you already, our party literally turned explosive as we lit sparklers inside the apartment, set fireworks off from the balcony, and eventually went out into the street for the grand finale. The man in the first picture with the tan coat is our pastor (so all our activities were spiritually sanctioned) and the man in the second picture with the blue bag is our host--Frank Sinatra sound-alike turned nightime operations expert.

So Buon Anno everybody! May God bless you in the year of 2009!


  1. Boy, those Italians sure know how to ring the year in don't they? Happy New Year to you two as well and here's hoping the rest of winter and spring are full of fun and laughter! Can't wait to see you guys when you return home :)

    By the way, nice blogging! Pictures and video are where it's at and you got all kinds of great ones here! Thanks!


  2. Yeah, thanks for the comment! Glad you like the blog; obviously I decided to follow your suggestion. By the way, the video of Jackson at the computer is adorable!