Gina, I changed the little picture. I’m sure you don’t mind. ~M
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration ….
Today, it is a feast that typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. It originates, however, from Southern Italy, where it is known as The Vigil (La Vigilia). However, some Italian-American families have been known to celebrate with nine, eleven or thirteen different seafood dishes. This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus.
The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstinence. In this case, refraining from the consumption of meat or milk products – on Wednesdays, Fridays and (in the Latin Church) Saturdays, as well as during Lent and on the eve of specific holy days. As no meat or butter could be used on such days, observant Catholics would instead eat fish, typically fried in oil.
Best-Dressed Holiday Bars
Everyone agrees cookie bars rule! These showstoppers are easy to make ahead for your busiest days.
This easy cream cheese bar swirled with Nutella™ spread on a chocolate chip cookie crust will be a chocolate lover’s favorite –
Kelly you can make some and take to Gianluca when you see him. Gina
ANN & GINA