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 !!!)
Can't believe it's getting on for another year since we last spoke of this. Just reading your lovely Fish feast AnnaD and I think fish is the way to go this year, love the clams and spaghetti too.
Still not sure if we will have a completely empty nest this year, just as i'd got my head around it and was planning a "grown up family" gathering, YD announced she may not be going to the USA after all. That will add a completely different dimension.
Post by Lancashire Lass on Oct 30, 2018 7:23:11 GMT
Ha ha I thought I was reading a new thread then half down saw 2017! We’ve got a houseful this year, actually it’s been 3 years since we last hosted as 2 years ago we went to my ED’s who said after, Never Again! ‘ Last year we were in the USA. My YD has asked for a buffet instead of a sit down meal. OH and I think that is bonkers and we are going to ban everyone from the kitchen! We really should make plans to have other relatives and friends over during the Christmas period but as yet, I can only get my head around who is sleeping where and how to make Christmas fun.. we’ve got the 2 little ones so we want to make it more child oriented. Although I like the sound of a Christmas Eve dinner, my house will be full from the Sunday so I can’t see it making any difference. My German relatives always Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and that’s when the presents arrive too. Might help to explain how Father Christmas can get round the world dropping off to every girl and boy!
Post by Lancashire Lass on Dec 4, 2018 13:27:53 GMT
I’m beginning to panic rather as I’ve hardly done a thing. I’m still in the US and hoped to find lots of presents but hardly found a thing!!! Brought the Xmas cards to write but done only about 5! No we have never been to Germany for Christmas Bellatrix. Went pre Christmas years ago and brought lots of German food back though. That was fun!
I still haven't made plans but Xmas Day will just me me, mum and my OH (unless he goes over the road to Grandad's this year..... We may go away in the camper for the few days from Sat 22nd to 24th as I am working straight after Boxing day, so unable to go away for New Years Eve which is a shame as all our friends are away. Freezer is packed full of food, and cupboards bursting at the seams. I can cater pretty much for whoever calls by and I am having an open house for anyone wanting to call by. Most people like to be in their own home over Xmas and I must admit I am no exception.