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Dreaming of a White Christmas

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A small town  in Northern Italy, Coccaglio, has been working towards realising a so-called “White Christmas Plan“. The plan does not rely on singing Xmas songs under the snow, but on sending police door-to-door to look for illegal immigrants. The operation is due to end on 25th December, hence the ‘Christmas’ bit of the plan’s name.

The plan is part of a ‘security’ program enforced by Roberto Maroni, the Italian  Home Minister famous for his red glasses and his sympathy for ‘civic police’. Coccaglio’s councillor for safety, Claudio Abiendi, explains how “Christmas is not a celebration of hospitality, but of Christian tradition, of our identity”. Hence, the ‘White’ bit of the plan’s name.

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Written by TheItalianist

21/12/2009 at 09:08

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  1. Btw, we are all still waiting for the Pope or the local Bishop to speak up and clarify the christian meaning of Christmas.
    This issue is their business, isn’t it?
    Or maybe we are not a Catholic country anymore and I haven’t realized it yet..

    Robi

    02/01/2010 at 10:35


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