Merry Christmas from Ann and Gina

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Gina, I changed the little picture.  I’m sure you don’t mind. ~M

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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.


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Best-Dressed Holiday Bars
Everyone agrees cookie bars rule! These showstoppers are easy to make ahead for your busiest days.

Nutella™ Swirled Cheesecake Bars
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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

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17 thoughts on “Merry Christmas from Ann and Gina”

    1. All I have to say to you Marie, is that I am grateful I did not put on my makeup today, because this truly did make me cry… It was just beautiful.. .Great sentiment, the heart of the village, and the innocence of a boy… After all isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Bringing people together with love… Thank you Gina for giving this to Marie, and thank you Marie for sharing it with us…

      1. You know, when I saw that video it struck me the same way. I was hoping that when I posted it others would also feel what I felt. I see that many of you have. I should have known. We’re a bunch of softies.

        “It takes a village to welcome Santa.” Is that how it goes?

  1. Marie feel free at any time to post anything that looks good. I appreciate that some of my stuff is OK.
    While we were in the Military my husband and children would travel to Cleveland to spend Christmas with my parents. The Christmas Eve dinner was meatless but had a variety of fish and herring. The kids would moan that they had to eat this “strange” food. Now they have fond memories.

  2. The video brought tears. It’s the only kind of Christmas to have with friends helping each other. Joanie

  3. Thank you for the terrific video. I had never seen this before, it was certainly very emotional.
    Buon Natale ,e Felice Anno Nuovo to Il Volo, the reason for this site, and their families, and all who make this site possible and all the participants also.

  4. What a nice post…and I just want to thank you ladies for this site and all that you do…I love checking my e-mail every day just to see what you’ve all been up to! I sometimes laugh, I sometimes get teary-eyed, but there is never a dull moment here. We’re all united in our love for our Guys, and I cherish all of you. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season, surrounded by family and friends. God’s blessings to you all! <3

  5. Thank you Gina and Ann and, you, too, Marie. Can’t wait to try those Nutella bars. And the commercial for Coca Cola was the very bet that I’ve see in a long time. A Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year, too!

  6. My warmest wishes that your holidays be filled with love and laughter with family and friends, I also wish the same thing to our three amazing Italian Men who have brought us all together to such a wonderful site.. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my fellow Flight Crew members and of course the board of Flight Crew.

  7. Gina, those look delicious, and I’m sure Gian would love them! But after his Apple Roses yesterday…maybe I’d better leave the baking to him! lol 😀

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