Christmas Eve In The Italian Tradition
Serving a multi-course seafood dinner on Christmas Eve (La Vigilia) is a wonderful holiday mealtime tradition that originated in Southern Italy. Known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes, the tradition is a celebration of the vigil awaiting the midnight birth of the baby Jesus.
It is believed that the number seven is representative of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
The dishes served vary from family to family. These recipes are the favorites we've adopted into our non-Italian family. Buon Natale!