Lest you think this is a holiday taking place since biblical times, think again. It actually came into being in 1854, when Pope Pius IX declared this the day that we at least stopped to pause to consider that Mary was also conceived without original sin. I'd love to extend this benefit to every other beautiful innocent newborn baby, and then, I'd really have something to celebrate.
In the meantime, I'll refrain and start to consider what the 12 days of Christmas actually pertain to, as long as I don't have to hear the song that goes along with it.
After they chopped down all the
umbrella pines in Piazza Venezia, we can now
feast our eyes on the stunning pine tree
placed there for the holidays
picture from Alemanno 2.0 blog