I know this says Christmas Eve Italian Menu, but honestly, I think these recipes are season worthy from anytime December 1st through to even January 15th considering all the Roman Catholic holidays that go with the Christmas Season and how these traditions have spread out worldwide, I mean, besides just Christmas and Christmas Eve.
I can’t say that this is a true Christmas Eve or Christmas Italian menu otherwise; but I will vouchsafe that it is seasonal menu fare for those weeks.
For that matter, I can’t pull together a genuine Italian Christmas Eve and Christmas menu all by myself. My traditions are too spread out over about 3 or 4 or maybe by now, all continents — I’m not sure that I’m clear on Indian and Arabian traditions, but I’m good with North American, European, and I’m not sure who else I’m thinking of, but many cultures.
I know that Italian Christmases are spread out by about 6 weeks of dedicated traditions in the Roman Catholic church or even, quite seriously, the litany of pagan traditions throughout Europe. Both are equitable in the season’s trespass. For that matter, the actual two days are very light celebrations, even the festivities are not the weighty celebrations they are everywhere else in the Christian world, but the celebrations are set out over the trespass of the Church calendar for those weeks, almost all the way into Valentine’s Days for Orthodox question, but definitely including the celebrations concerning the BVM (Blessed Virgin Mary).
So I’ve dropped off a few early Christmas recipes to induct the six weeks beginning December 1st, for the sake of my own broad view traditions; nothing really more. I keep telling myself I will try to present a Christmas menu, nothing in original recipes of course, but I keep shrinking from the task because I tend to lean towards large banquet menu plans and I don’t think that’s really a fair statement to everyone planning a regular dinner and looking for suggestions. So while I cross over recipes, you can suppose, it’s all for one large important banquet or dinner. I don’t know that I will ever get to that menu per se.
But the Christmas recipes introduced in the last two days here (November 16-17) are just starter ideas.
Italian Christmas Eve Menu: 31 Traditional Italian Recipes | MrFood.com