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No More Food, Please: What Christmas Looks Like for Italian-Americans

I often have to defend my Italian heritage, in that, nobody believes me when I say that’s the majority of my background. It seems as if the tiny bit of French, Irish, English, and German took over and thus I burn like a lobster and people think my favorite holiday is St. Patrick’s Day.

Despite the lighter hair and blue eyes, I’m as Italian as DJ Pauly D (sorry for the reference), maybe I should have gone with Joe Pesci?

With that being said, I thought it would be entertaining to share what Italian Christmases really look like:

Sea Food (enough to last you until the following Christmas): 

Lots of Talking (but mostly with your hands):

Lasagna (because who doesn’t love layered pasta with cheese, meatballs, and sauce?):

Antipasto (just writing the word makes my heart sing):

Wine (a little bit of red, a little bit of white, calls for a merry christmas):

Pastries (Cannolis, Anise Cookies, Neapolitans, Honey Balls–the list of deliciousness is endless):

And of course, love, joy, giving, and quality family time:

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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