Although the tradition of gift giving has a long Christmas history, those gifts being presented in colorful paper and tied up in curls of ribbon is a relatively new practice. While Christmas cards began to be sent in the mid-nineteenth century it wasn’t until many years later that dressing up presents in Christmas finery caught on.
San Francisco is a museum-rich city, with many museums, particularly its small ones, scattered about in the city’s colorful neighborhoods. One in particular, The Museo Italo Americano, also known as the Italian American Museum was started by Giuliana Nardelli Haight in 1978 in a small space in North Beach in San Francisco. Solely focused on Italian and Italian-American art and culture, the nonprofit museum is now housed within the Fort Mason Center. (more…)