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Italian Christmas Eve Dinner

December 16, 2009

Any holiday in Italy is a time for feasting and celebrating. Christmas is no exception with Italians pulling out all the stops for their Christmas Eve and Christmas celebrations.

The Catholic Church’s injunction to eat lean foods (mangiare di magro) on the eve of religious festivals is meant to purify the body. This is why Italians celebrate Christmas Eve with a “conservative” meal. No signs of meat, heavy pastas, or sweet breads will be found on their tables as they seek sanctification. However, Christmas day is a gastronomic overload with rich foods, meats, and desserts.

In an effort to mangiare di magro, most Italians (and now many Italian Americans) have a traditional meal without meat on Christmas Eve. Whoever can first correctly answer the question below will receive one of the items from my Christmas Gift-Giving Guide I: What is the primary food Italians and/or many Italian Americans eat on Christmas Eve? You have until I post on Friday to answer. Good luck!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Nicole permalink
    December 16, 2009 6:28 pm

    Fish/Seafood! (Are foodies allowed to answer?)

  2. Monica permalink
    December 18, 2009 12:25 am

    Cioppino!!! TVB=)

  3. December 26, 2009 12:08 pm

    Cioppino! Did I win?

    • Liana permalink*
      January 8, 2010 6:11 pm

      Sorry, not this time. But check back later for another challenge!

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