il cenone di Natale

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Today’s Parola del Giorno is the noun il cenone di Natale, which means Christmas Eve dinner. This meal is a large, celebratory dinner in which you typically invite family and extremely close friends. Il cenone can also be used to refer to a large, celebratory meal often done on New Year’s Eve (Il cenone di capodanno).

See the noun used below:

Da piccolo, al cenone di Natale, eravamo in venti: c’erano la mia famiglia, i miei zii e cugini, i miei nonni. Una grande famiglia italiana. Crescendo, la famiglia si è dispersa ma continuo a celebrare la tradizione del cenone con i miei amici più stretti.

As a child at Christmas Eve dinner, there were 20 of us: there was my family, my aunts and uncles, my cousins and my grandparents. One large Italian family. As I grew up, the family got scattered, but I continue to celebrate the tradition of the Christmas Eve dinner with my closest friends.

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