All Things Christmas

Seven Fish & Christmas Eve?

Christmas Around the World, Europe, Italy

Seven Fish & Christmas Eve? Mac Although I do not live in Italy, my grandfather arrived at age thirteen on a ship into Ellis Island. Christmas Eve is a very special time for our family. We never eat meat on Christmas Eve, always fish. I have heard my family speak of eating seven different types

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An Italian Christmas

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An Italian Christmas Babs Although I’m not Italian I’ve been living here, near Rome, for nearly 30 years and have been married to an Italian for 20 of these years. As you all know, Italy is a “long” country, with its top in the middle of Europe, up next to France, Switzerland and Austria while

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A few hints on the REAL Italian Christmas!

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A few hints on the REAL Italian Christmas! magilusa Jesper got it a little wrong …normally the PRESEPE is made on December 8th and in the hut we only put Mary, Joseph, the donkey, and the cow, as Jesus arives on December 25th. Now in Italy it is normal to hang stockings for Babbo Natale

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Response to Michelle – re : fish

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Response to Michelle – re : fish Malika31 Michelle , The reason for the fish is that it is a sacrifice to give up the meat on Christmas eve. My family does both meat and fish as well as two different types of spaghetti. The seven types of fish (forgive the spelling) – 1 –

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about the food,…….

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about the food,……. [email protected] hello…just a few words about the fish,…on christmas eve….in Naples italy we have Bacala, and we have squid, and we have fried calamari, and fried haddock,…..and yes it does take all of maybe 3 to 4 hours for dinner,……then it takes another 3 hours for the expresso and the desserts, and

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Christmas in Italy

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Christmas in Italy Joann To answer Michelle’s question about the tradition of the seven fishes– Before the Second Ecumenical Council, Catholics were forbidden to eat meat on Friday and on certain holy days, Christmas Eve being one of them. The tradition of using seven fish relates to the story in the New Testament Bible of

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Why Italians Eat Seven Fish

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Why Italians Eat Seven Fish Sister Jacinta Coscia In response to the query about the traditional fish dinner many Italian-Americans enjoy on Christmas Eve, I have a little information. My grandparents came from southern Italy. We traditionally enjoyed clams, squid, shrimp, lobster, some type of fillet etc. I don’t know that the total has to

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The real Xmas in Italy …

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The real Xmas in Italy … Matteo-North Italy Hi, I’m a boy from North Italy’s region “Trentino-South Tyrol.” First of all , sorry for my English … Well , I want to say something about the Christmas in Italy (over all here in the North). Here the decorations, the lights, the tree usually are just

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Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve jloudiana I have an Italian background and live in the United States. My father has always made squid and Baccala (salt cod) on Christmas Eve for dinner. Can anyone give me more ideas for more authentic Italian foods for the Christmas holidays I can make? I read about Panetone and a few other

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Something about Sicily

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Something about Sicily Panata I´m Mexican from an Italian family three generations back. One custom we do keep from our Italian heritage is the apple covered in scented cloves that hangs in a special center place for the x´mas season like the chandelier…and every year you put that same apple in water to rehydrate and

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Christmas Eve Dinner

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Christmas Eve Dinner DebiDel I have always been told that you are supposed to eat 12 kinds of fish/seafood for Christmas Eve dinner. The reason being, one seafood for each of Christ’s Apostles as they were considered “Fishers of Men”. I actually don’t have any idea how Christmas is celebrated in Italy and I got

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Kindly Witch???Need info…

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Kindly Witch???Need info… browniemom I have a Brownie Girl Scout Troop and we are doing a X-Mas skit about X-Mas around the world, I found one cute poem which tells of a kindly witch leaving gifts on Jan. 6th..Can anyone elaborate for me? Please email ASAP to [email protected] THANK YOU!

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Christmas Eve & Seven Fish

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Christmas Eve & Seven Fish loosee I am of Italian descent and my family still follows the Christmas Eve tradition of a meatless meal. The tradition is a religious one, based on the number 7 being the number associated with God, just as the number 6 is the number associated with the devil. Although the

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Our Christmas tradition – 12 courses

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Our Christmas tradition – 12 courses marsbar27 I am a Canadian from Italian heritage. My parents come from Cosenza, Calabria. My mother has always had the tradition of serving 12 courses for Christmas eve, and all being meatless. She always includes the salt cod (baccala) in tomato sauce, the spaghetti with anchovies, and always broccoli.

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The Joyful tree: the highest luminous tree

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The Joyful tree: the highest luminous tree null null A marvellous Christmas tree appears every year at Bussero, a small town a few kilometres from Milan, Italy. The Joyful Tree is unlike other trees: it is an artificial Christmas tree 62,5 metres high, illuminated by 93,400 lights, and it has been included in the Guinness

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