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Christmas in Italy
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.23

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    appetizing, biscotti, carry-on, citron, in-laws, pannettone, struffoli, terminal, aisle, elderly, arrival, mass, settled, celebration, beginning, pasta
     content words:    Babbo Natale, Father Christmas, Christmas Day, United States, Christmas Eve


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Christmas in Italy
By Phyllis Naegeli
  

1     David sat next to his father on the plane, staring out the window as they taxied towards the terminal building in Naples, Italy. He felt a rush of excitement as the pilot announced their arrival. He looked across the aisle to where his mother and sister, Anna, were sitting and smiled.
 
2     "We're finally here!" he exclaimed. "I can't wait to see Nonna and Nonnino."
 
3     "I'm sure they are excited too. This is your first visit to Italy. They have waited a long time for this," replied Dad.
 
4     "Besides, they haven't seen us for two years. I hope they recognize me," said Anna. "I'm ten years old now, they might not remember me."
 
5     "Oh, I think they will know you," said Mother with a grin. "We send them pictures all the time."
 
6     David and Anna made their way down the walkway as fast as they could. There at the end were their grandparents waving excitedly at the two children.
 
7     "My, how you've grown!" said Nonna hugging David and Anna tightly.
 
8     "I'm ten now," said Anna proudly.
 
9     "She knows!" said David.
 
10     "Now, children," reprimanded Mom. "Let's make this a cheerful start to our Christmas holiday." Turning to the elderly couple, she greeted her mother and father with a hug and kiss.
 
11     Dad finally arrived with the carry-on baggage, "Thanks for all the help," he teased as he greeted his in-laws.
 
12     After picking up their luggage at the baggage claim, the family began the drive to Nonna and Nonnino's home outside of Naples.

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