Buone feste e Buon Natale! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! This week’s theme is going to focus on Christmas. I know that many of my readers do not celebrate the holiday, but Christmas is such a special time in Italy that you are bound to find the words and expressions useful nonetheless!

Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun l’agrifoglio, which means hollyHolly is a traditional Christmas decoration. Its green, prickly leaves and red berries complement the “colors” of Christmas quite well!

Where can you find holly?

You’ll often see it in wreaths or on Christmas trees or attached to doors and bannisters!

See our noun used below:

Quest’anno abbiamo decorato l’albero inserendo alcuni rami di agrifoglio: sono molto belli, con quelle foglie verde intenso e quelle bacche rosse.

This year we decorated the tree by inserting some sprigs of holly: they are very beautiful with those intense green leaves and those red berries.


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