Omnibus Salutem Plurimam…

December 24, 2014 / Events

(This note has become a tradition in its own right here at ItalianNotebook.. re-publishing it for both the newer as well as less recent readers.)

Apologies in advance, but with an image like this one it proved difficult to invoke the more reverent and holy aspects of the Christmas and New Year holidays (which are of course in no way less respectfully considered). In light of this, it has been decided that this more lighthearted but by no means less heartfelt final note for 2014 go out today.

Hoping that the holidays have you in the warm embrace of family and friends, celebrating together all that is important to you, we the editor, staff, and contributors of ItalianNotebook are honored to inform you that…Caesar Santa omnibus salutem plurimam dicit.

(Caesar Santa wishes everyone many greetings!)

Auguri a tutti! We’ll be back in the New Year.

(Thank you Mike Minadeo for this great shot!)



by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

51 Responses to “Omnibus Salutem Plurimam…”

  1. raylee mcmartin

    This article brought a huge smile to my face – the best kind of greeting. Thank you for all the wonderful and interesting articles you send out. Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo to all.

    • Raymond Farrish

      Shouldn’t that be Felice Natale and Buon Anno Nuovo? In Spanish, “Feliz Navidad” is “Merry Christmas,” the word “Navidad” being related to the English word, “Nativity.”

  2. Jerry Simandl

    The ONLY apology you should make at this important time of year is the fact you overlook the birth of Jesus Christ and not say Merry Christmas……especially coming from ItalienNotebook !!

    So I will say it: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL !!!

  3. …and the same to you! We look forward to another year of writing and reading more Italian notes! Thanks for the opportunity to share and enjoy. Buon Natale e un Felice Anno Nuovo!

  4. Bob Ruggieri

    Thank you and the same to you. And thank you for the many interesting and informative articles you provide.

  5. Claudia McCadden

    The article was very unique. But remember that at this time of year we do celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ.
    Therefore, I will say always keep in your hearts all year long the spirit of giving and the spirituality of the birth of Jesus.
    Have a Blessed Christmas and Health, Peace, and Happiness in 2010.

    Thank you to all that work at Italian Notebook. I cannot wait to see what in in store for 2010!!!!!!

  6. Buon Natale!! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
    Thanks to all of you for all that you bring us throughout the year.

  7. Gian Banchero

    Thank you GB for this morning’s smile… and thank you Santa Caesar!

  8. I think your message and the photo are both a PERFECT way to end 2010! I look forward to all the wonderful posts and photos that are sure to come in 2011. Long live Caesar Santa Clausius!

  9. I found you late in the year…but what a year it’s been!
    Wishing you all the spirit of the season…

    from all of us at “Renovating Italy”
    Buon Natale and Merry Christmas


  10. Vincent Piraro

    I’ve been so excited this my first year with your magnificent pictures and stories, bless you for your courage to help so many and bless you through Christmas and into the new year, see you soon….

  11. Tosca Bertolacci Pincolini

    BUON NATALE E FELICE CAPO D’ANNO. You have given me many years of viewing beautiful Italy and so many vivid pictures that I imagine myself there. Thank you so much and I’m looking forward to more years of ITALIAN NOTEBOOK……………

  12. Barbara Grannis

    You did not mention what holiday(s) you are wishing many greetings. Is this the best you can do in light of this time of year being one of the biggest celebrations in the Italian culture called “Christmas”. Caeser was a Roman who worshipped pagan gods. He has no place being associated with Saint Nicholas. I will on the other hand wish you and your staff: Merry Christmas!

  13. Gian Banchero

    Weeeeellllll, some people might look upon the statue of our buddy J. Caeser with a Santa hat as being a pagan intrusion into a Christian holiday but if one thought about it Caeser with a Santa hat could also mean the victory of Christianity??? … Si’ o no? Meglio: PACE e Buon Natale.

  14. umberto levrini

    a very happy buon natale and properous new year to the staff and all contributors to the italian notebook—maybe caesar has nothing to do with christmas and santa claus but let us not forget he was italian in a far fetched way!!!caio

  15. I look forward with eager anticipation to every issue of IB. They help keep alive memories of my recent travels in the country and further inspire me to keep my ‘must see’ list going for subsequent trips. Your newsletter is simply the best of its kind, and as Robert Frost said of a good poem, “It begins with delight and ends in wisdom.”

    (I may display my ignorance of Italian here, but does “arrivederci al 2011” mean “Goodbye to 2011” or “Hello to 2011”? Google Translate has it as ‘goodbye’.)

  16. Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    Sending to our Editor and all the contributors and fans of Italian notebook wishes for all manner of good things today, tomorrow and all throughout 2011.!! What a community we have!! Auguri da Pat

  17. Anne Damasco Ripepi

    It is with gratitude I send “i miei sinceri auguri” to you Pat and all
    the staff for the Italian Notebook. My parents were born in Gubbio, Umbria. In their honor I teach Italian and attempt to share and dignify what is little known and appreciated about the Italian culture and history. Avanti, sempre avanti!

  18. Nellie Smith

    Happy New Year!
    I’ve noticed that some of you are saying goodbye to 2011 and welcome to 2010. Too much champagne? I am just curious…
    Wishing All of You the Best of Everything for 2011!

  19. Here in Maryland it is December 23, 2011 and we look forward to 2012!

    Thanks for all the beautiful snapshots of Italy and the insight into the lesser known regions.

    We can rejoice in the reason for Christmas and also enjoy “Santa Caesar” hailing his subjects!

  20. patsy held

    italian notebook is my favorite missal that comes each day

    thank you

    patsy held
    richmond va
    23 dec 11

  21. Paula (Giangreco) Cullison

    GRAZIE ….. Tanti Auguri a Tutti voi. Buon Anno :-)
    I knew that three years of Latin would come in handy one day!

  22. Mike Swartz

    We so enjoy our “daily note” from Italy and when in Italy, especially Umbria, we plan daily outings from your notes. Grazie mille e Tanti Auguri.

  23. Giovanna Gandy

    Thank you for the wonderful information I receive everyday. Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo a tutti.

  24. Clare Harper

    I thoroughly enjoy what you send. I was tickled to be able to send this “card” to a few friends! Thank you and Happy New Year to you.

  25. Toni DeBella

    GB, You crack me up!!! Thank you for including me in the IN family and for all the hard work you put into this site. (I like to think that is YOU on the pedestal…our trusty leader). Out with the old and in with the new in 2012! Peace. Toni

  26. The Italian Notebook always brings a smile to my face! Grazie!!!
    Buon Natale!!

  27. I think the baby Jesus would appreciate the humor. I certainly did and look forward to another year of fascinating facts and cultural information.

    Merry CHRISTmas and Happy New Year to your team and to all.


  28. Arrivederci al 2012 loosely translates as “until we see each other in 2012.”

  29. Paula (Giangreco) Cullison

    GB This is so clever :-)
    All I remember from three years of Latin is Veni, Vidi, Vici.
    Happy Holidays – Merry Christmas – Buon Natale – Feliz Navidad – Joyeux Noel – Tanti Auguri per 2013

  30. Toni Galli Sterling

    Salve GB,
    Thank you ever so much for launching such a wonderful site! I look forward to reading this daily dose of Italia….Your postings are anticipated with the same eagerness I feel when I think about drinking my first cappucino of the day or the feeling of joy when receiving a letter from a friend. Sweet! Please keep them coming. Buon Natale! Toni

  31. Angela Finch

    Thank you, thank you. I have enjoyed your notes so much.
    From wet and cloudy England.

  32. Virginia C. Mars

    Is this a rerun of 2010/11? Whatever, a very Happy 2013. Keep up the fascinating, interesting, amusing and unique articles.

  33. Tony Caccioppoli

    Buona Natale everyone and thank you for everydays beautiful stories.

  34. Pat Carney Ceccarelli
    Pat Carney Ceccarelli

    We like it! We like our Editor! We like our readers! And we like Italy! And we wish all good things for 2014!

  35. Joy Huffines

    What fun! That photo brought a smile to a few faces in this house. Merry, merry Christmas to everyone at I.N.

  36. FUNNY! Is this really the Augustus of Primaporta, in the Vatican Museums? It looks dark and shiny, like it’s made of bronze, and the Vatican Augustus is white marble. I don’t see the Vat Museum officials allowing this, but if the statue is a copy located somewhere else, then–why not! Great shot!

  37. It’s like saying goodbye to a friend. I’ll miss the daily contact with my beautiful native country and the people who love it. Looking forward to more Notes in 2014. Al prossimo anno! –Patrizia

  38. Virginia C. Mars

    Thank you for a wonderful, informative and interesting year of Italian Notebook. A very Merry Christmas. Will look forward to 2015.

  39. Buone feste, GB & to all of the loyal followers and other Contributors of IN! What a wonderful year! And I can’t help but think that Caesar would approve!

  40. We love all the posts. But somehow this one makes us cringe just a little. To put the materialism of “Santa Claus” on a venerable statue and piece of art is somehow just a bit offensive. What’s next? Rudolph’s red nose and antlers? We do like Santa and the myth for children, but, please, let’s try to take the commercialism out of Christmas when given the chance. Thanks and Buon Natale!

  41. Lucile Stachowiak

    I have loved every Italian Notebook e-mail, can’t thank all your story contributors enough. I’m envious that they get to see so much of Italia. I have been twice, Italia and Sicily and will return. Buon Natale



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