Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse, The stockings were hung... aha yes, it's that time of year again
We have been doing this for a few years now and has been such a success, the perfect build up to the big day. A feast for all invited and a relaxing evening. It has been a breath of fresh air not to have to prepare a big dinner on Christmas day when the house is already chaotic. Instead cooking extra meat which can be had cold the following day and all ready for the family to help themselves.
This is a great way to ensure a peaceful Christmas day but a very cosy intimate Christmas eve with extended family.
I really do love this idea. Hope you have a great evening. Not sure what I'm doing yet. Mainly trying to persuade mum to stay overnight with us, as she goes to midnight service then home. Would prefer to to be here but she likes her own bed! We usually end up picking her up on Xmas morning but it would be lovely to have her here first thing.
Yes, we're doing it that way this year Bellatrix, never done it before but we're looking forward to having our main meal on Christmas Eve - helped by the fact it's on a Sunday it won't feel too odd (and if we've forgotten anything, we can nip to the shops!)
Being Italian - The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration.
Use to be (back in the day) Christmas Eve is a vigil or fasting day.
Today, a meal that typically consists of seven different seafood dishes.
It originates, however, from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as The Vigil (La Vigilia).
The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat during certain times of the year. As no meat or animal fat (there is no prohibition on milk or dairy products) could be used on such days, observant Catholics would instead eat fish (typically fried in oil).
Dinner begins with whiting in lemon, followed by some version of clams or mussels in spaghetti, baccalà and onward to any number of other fish dishes without number.
The most famous dish for Southern Italians is baccalà (salted cod fish).
this was a custom dinner for me growing up...
No fish EVER 4 me as my OH is severely allergic !!!!! (bummer for me !!!)