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Italian Christmas Celebration Ideas

We are tired of the traditional ham, potato, etc. meal for Christmas. The family decided to start an annual event of trying a different country each year to experience their culture.

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We want to decorate (simply, maybe around the table) and do some of the traditional things that country does. We picked Italy for the first one this year. I do know they celebrate on Christmas Eve and usually eat 7 different types of seafood. That can get kind of expensive, but wonder if anyone has any ideas. Thanks for any wonderful suggestions. Merry Christmas.

By Bonnie from Zion, IL

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December 9, 20090 found this helpful

This is what I found and I only looked one place. This said the Christmas meal in Italy consists of seven courses. They are antipasto, small portion pasta, roast meat, 2 salads, 2 sweet puddings. Followed by: cheese, fruit, brandy and chocolates.

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December 10, 20090 found this helpful

My Grandfather's family was from northern Italy. Our family usually has homemade ravioli's along with a cheese filled pasta soup. We also make honey cakes a light crispy fried pastry drizzled with honey. And have on hand Italian nougart candy wrapped in individual boxes. Celebrated on Christmas eve.

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December 10, 20090 found this helpful

Well this year instead of turkey we are having lasagna and I'm also doing some cedar plank salmon. I decided this cause I am so tired of turkey. I like the idea of Italian themed Christmas, I will have to try some of the desserts too.

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December 10, 20090 found this helpful

If you want to incorporate seafood in your menu, to save money I would make something like a seafood lasagna, shrimp scampi, clam chowder to name a few. Each of these dishes can be made with a minimal amount of seafood to save on the expense. Hope this helps.

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December 10, 20090 found this helpful

My family was from Sicily. On Christmas eve, my aunt would cook a regular spagetti sauce and use canned tuna in place of meat. Sounds weird but was very good.

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