First of all may your wishes , hopes and dreams become real in 2004. I know it never happens... I still try every year. Have a nice evening tonight. Before I disappear in my kitchen to prepare tonight's dinner (it will take some time) I wanted to post my first Neapolitan entry. I wanted to post it yesterday but the time somehow seemed to escape me. So here it is, my post on Christmas sweets in Naples. Sweets play a big role in the Neapolitan Christmas Eve dinner. There are almost as many sweets as there are savoury courses. Most of these sweets are not prepared at home. They used to be made and sold by nuns, each monastery had a speciality. Naples used to have many monasteries and abbeys inside the city walls, some of which still exist as such, others sold to the city/university/etc . Nowadays most pastry shops make the whole range although few manage to produce everyone of these sweet in high quality. Therefore many Neapolitan families buy around, waiting, no sorry :-), fighting to be served. Below you'll find a few (quite a few more exist!).