Cedar:Sadly, my Italian grandmother died young (49) and my mother died young, also at 49. So, between that and my father being Greek and demanding a lot of Greek food, we didn't have strong Italian customs. BUT, I did love my mom's Italian cooking and she always made something Italian and well liked for xmas...usually lasagna. I made chicken cacciatore and stuffed shells. My family is small, so most of the guests were from my DILs family and they are Midwesterners and eat very traditionally and what I made was pretty "wild" in their world. But they seem to like it and it brings a gentle peace to my heart to remember my mom in this little way....to cook Italian food for Christmas. ETA...I vaguely recall my mom mentioning that her father made fish for Xmas!