Perhaps the most famous of all Italian Christmas traditions is the Feast of Seven Fishes. Enjoyed on Christmas Eve, the seafood dinner is part of a huge family celebration.
Legend has it this tradition originated in Southern Italy when Catholics were expected to fast, hence they ate fish as a substitute for meat. This unique tradition was later brought to America by the thousands of Italian immigrants who crossed the Atlantic.
While some families choose to prepare anywhere from three to 13 seafood dishes on Christmas Eve, the tradition remains very much alive in Italy and Italian-American households.
If you'd like to give your Christmas Eve dinner an Italian touch, here are some seafood recipes you can try: