FLORENTINE CHRISTMAS LOG

Brief introduction

The origin of the Florentine Christmas Log dates back to the Middle Ages. It was a custom mainly among farmers. Initially they were simple tree trunks collected from the woods. The best one was then put on the fire to burn on Christmas Eve. If it was still burning on the morning of the 25th, it was considered a sign of prosperity for the coming year.

In time, tradition changed and it became common to construct the pyramidal framework which we know today. It was made up of three poles, four pine cones and triangular shaped shelves. These were then decorated with ribbons and dried fruit. More elaborate ones were embellished with toys, dates, pieces of panforte and the Nativity Crib was displayed on the lowest shelf.

Half way through the 19th century it disappeared, but thanks to the English community resident in Florence, it reappeared briefly in the 20th century.

The Florentine Christmas Log is a symbol of unity, family, strength and positivity.

photo: Bespoke Florentine Christmas Log, carved, gilded, painted and wax-finished entirely by hand by Maestro Omero Soffici.

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CEPPO FIORENTINO

Cenni storici

Le origini del CEPPO FIORENTINO risalgono al medioevo. Era una usanza principalmente contadina. Inizialmente erano dei semplici tronchi d’albero cercati nei boschi. Una volta scelto il migliore, veniva messo nel caminetto alla Vigilia di Natale. Se la mattina del 25 dicembre ardeva ancora, era segno di prosperità per l’anno nuovo.

Nel corso del tempo si trasforma nella struttura piramidale che c’è ancora oggi, composta da tre pali, quattro pigne e piani di forma triangolare. Venivano addobbati con festoni e frutta secca, mentre per quelli più preziosi venivano arricchiti con giocattoli, datteri e pezzi di panforte, insieme al Presepio allestito al piano inferiore.

Nella metà del XIX secolo scompare, per poi ritornare all’inizio del XX secolo anche se per un breve periodo, grazie all’interessamento della comunità inglese residente a Firenze.

Il ceppo è simbolo di unità, famiglia, forza e positività.

foto: Ceppo Fiorentino su misura, intagliato, decorato a foglia oro, dipinto e rifinito interamente a mano da Maestro Omero Soffici.

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チェッポ・フィオレンティーノ

フィレンツェの農村部で発祥。起源は中世まで遡る。農民の間に始まった慣わしで、原型は大木の切り株だった。重要な年中行事で、数か月かけて森で立派なものを吟味し、親戚一同で話し合い、よりすぐりを決定する。イヴの夜、暖炉に入れて点火し、翌朝まで火が灯っていたら、翌年は豊作、健康安全、子孫繁栄、幸運を意味した。

やがて都市部に伝わり、時代と共に形状変化する。3本の棒をピラミッド状に立て、三角形の台がつき、頂点と底点の4カ所に松ぼっくり形の装飾という現在残っている構造になった。リボンや蝋燭で飾られドライフルーツが置かれた。裕福な家庭ではより豪華で、玩具や高級菓子、面積の広い最下段にプレゼピオが置かれた。

19世紀頃までに徐々に忘れられ、北欧伝来のクリスマスツリーが主流になった。20世紀初頭、英国人歴史家が英国雑誌にチェッポに関する記事を書いたことから、当時フィレンツェ在住の英国人コミュニティを中心に一時的に関心が高まるものの、定着しなかった。

チェッポは融合、団結、家族の絆、力、善の象徴であり、フィレンツェ人の生活に欠かせない冬の風物詩だった。今日、チェッポ・フィオレンティーノを知らないフィレンツェ人は多い。アトリエでは今年も伝統を守り12月8日から1月6日までチェッポを飾る。このふたつのキリスト教の祝日に挟まれた期間が、伝統的に正式なクリスマス祭の期間である。貴い伝統文化を見直すきっかけになりたいと願っている。

写真:木彫り芸術のマエストロ、オメロ・ソッフィチ氏の作品。

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“Made in Italy: Top Gifts from Tuscany for the Holidays”,

“Girl in Florence”, 23/11/2018, text and photo by Georgette Jupe-Pradier.

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