Today’s word of the day is part of our Italian Christmas Word Advent Calendar series. Each day throughout December, we’ll post a word that is related to the holiday season. Enjoy!
The word for decoration or ornament in Italian is decorazione (feminine, plural: decorazioni) which, given the shared origin of the two words, shouldn’t be in the least bit difficult for English speakers to remember!
When referring specifically to a Christmas decoration, you can say either decorazione natalizia or decorazione di Natale.
Ho messo delle bellissime decorazioni natalizie sull’albero.
I put some very beautiful Christmas decorations on the tree.
Some popular Christmas decorations that you’ll find adorning most homes in Italy include:
- pallina di Natale = Christmas ball
- luci di Natale = Christmas lights
- campanella = little bell
- ghirlanda = wreath
- candela = candle
- fiocco = bow
- calendario dell’Avvento = advent calendar
- decorazione natalizia fai da te = DIY Christmas decoration
Another word that is extremely close in meaning to decorazione is addobbo (masculine, plural: addobbi).
It too translates as decoration or ornament. The verb addobbare is often used to talk about decorating the house or a tree for Christmas.
Non ho ancora addobbato la casa per le feste!
I haven’t decorated the house for the holidays yet!