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feast of the 7 fishes (and wine!)

December 23, 2015

grapefriend

For most people, Christmas is the big day and that’s when you have your feast. I don’t really know what they eat on Christmas Eve, but in our Italian family that’s our big night and we have the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes. In the past we didn’t always have seven, but in recent years we’ve revived the tradition and made sure we hit the number.

Why fish? That’s a thing where you’re not supposed to eat meat on big religious holidays. Why seven? No one knows for sure. Some say it’s based on the seven days of creation, the seven sacraments, or even the seven hills of Rome (which aren’t even in southern Italy, where the fish tradition is mainly from). Whatever it’s based on, it’s delicious! Seriously, it’s my favorite meal of the entire year.

My dad used to have fish like scungilli (Italian sea snails), sardines, and eel on…

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