Hi Everyone! I wanted to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!:) Buon Natale!! Thank you all so much for your friendship, love and also support of my music!
I hope you all enjoy an awesome time with your friends family and loved ones!
Though these are very difficult times we live in and it has been a very tough year for me personally in many ways…It is important to count your blessings and remember those less fortunate…
Christmas to me…is about many things…Jesus of course…but also family…looking back on goodtimes, reminiscing about Christmases past, telling stories, laughing, loved ones lost and that are missed, loved and never forgotten and are in heaven…and of course FOOD!!:)
Today…we prepare for tonight’s feast and celebration…and putting out all of the family favorites…the cookies and pastries..the fruits…nuts, figs, dates…the tangerines in honor of my grandfather…all of the candies….especially the ribbon candy(does anyone still remember ribbon candy!LOL)I searched everywhere this year for it!lol), the antipasto…olives, lupini beans, artichokes, caponata(eggplant), hot peppers, stuffed peppers, gardiniera, stuffed clams, Finocchio(fennel), shrimp cocktail, cheeses and…and…I know! how do we ever eat the dinner after that!:)lol….
I watched my Mom cooking today and last night for that matter, watching all her hard work, I can’t help to feel so very lucky and blessed to still have her in my life and that she even has the strength…at her age with all of her physical ailments…to do it all…it is simply mind blowing!
We have been talking about my Dad and my grandparents…and how much we miss them…especially at times such as these…I have a pretty small closeknit family compared to many larger Italian families and I wonder at times how this will all carry on when my Mom joins my Father in Heaven and every one of the older generations is gone….I only hope to one day have a family of my own that will carry on these traditions…because…yes..as I may be a rock and roll guy, having the long hair and such, and being somewhat of a non-conformist some may say…I have a very huge traditional side…that sometimes longs for the past and better times these days…
Whatever your background may be..I think it is very important to stay close to ones roots and celebrate your wonderful culture and traditions…embrace your past…it’s good for you!:)
Being Italian…and raised a good Roman Catholic boy:)…I have always felt so very lucky and proud…but as I have grown older and wiser and have learned more about my family’s history through the years and have experienced many of life’s trials and tribulations… I think I have embraced my culture and Italian heritage even more and more…
Being a lover of history and all things past….
This is some information from my own personal knowledge and from what I have learned and researched over time, and stuf I found on the net.. that I put together, about why we have fish on Christmas Eve…
I hope you may find it interesting…
Again… I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you for everything!!
Please post your thoughts, comments and share your rememberences of your own traditions too!
The Feast of the Seven Fishes-An Italian Christmas Eve Tradition!
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