An Italian Christmas
Of all the holidays we celebrate, Christmas is my favorite. It’s the best due to the decorations, spoiling family with gifts, and the massive amount of cooking. In addition, Italian christmas involves cooking for friends and family, as well as neighbors and community service personnel.
One of the favorite things we enjoy doing together during the holidays is to cook and bake. Usually we’re planning the next meal while we’re at it, especially during the holidays when we tend to indulge our pallets a bit more. In our home, we celebrate Christmas with traditional Italian foods, particularly those my husband grew up with and enjoyed. His family blended Calabrian and Roman regional dishes, many of which we still prepare today.
An Italian Christmas revolves around faith, family and a wealth of food. Throughout the holiday season, food plays an important role. Therefore in Italy, Christmas lasts about one month in the preparation of the feast and all its attendant treats. Every region has its own traditional recipes, typically prepared in large quantities for sharing with family and friends.
While the season may fill a different specific time frame, depending on the region, typically December 24th and 25th are the primary days of celebration, often involving a two-day feast.
Christmas Eve courses traditionally feature varieties of fish. For example,these can include antipasto seafood salad, seafood and vegetable antipasti, pasta dishes like spaghetti with tuna, fettuccine with smoked salmon, or even a risotto with mixed seafood. Main entrees can be baccala’, which is a dried salted cod dish, eel, lightly baked salmon, or stuffed trout, accompanied by a plethora of complimentary side dishes like rosemary roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Then a palette cleansing salad and desserts! Desserts can be various Italian cookies, fruit tarts, even fried and sugared sweets like zeppole, or struffoli. There is also usually a huge selection of sweets, fruits (dried and fresh), and a selection of nuts.
On Christmas Day, the feast continues! Pasta like tortellini or cappelletti, in a meat broth is a favorite, then a course of stuffed capon or goose if you’re from northern Italy and seafood delights if you’re from southern Italy. Complimentary sides like artichokes cooked in white wine, or gratin of oven-roasted vegetables are offered. Round two of desserts will include Christmas sweet breads, panettone in particular. Stuffed with ice cream and served with a chocolate sauce or even plain with a sweet wine, Italian sweet breads are also famous holiday. Sweet breads known as speziato, panforte, or pandoro. They’re often gifts throughout the holiday season!
In summary, an italian christmas involves abundance. No matter what regional origins you favor, there’s bound to be lots of family, food, and love. Traditional Italian families will typically congregate to celebrate the season by exercising traditions that have been handed down through the generations, or building new ones for future generations.
We, here at Italian Villa, wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year filled with love, good food, and prosperity.
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