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            Not a one of my fellow Christmas Eve diners this year was Italian, but a few of us would now like to be. Those Italians have the right idea on a number of things, including our new Christmas Eve tradition – the seven-fishes dinner.           

            Long-time friend MJ Vosburg suggested that our two families should borrow that Italian custom, so I took a quick look online to find out more. It seems that religious constraints initially called for fasting on Christmas Eve. The Italians conveniently interpreted this as not eating meat, which gave permission – perhaps even a mandate – to have a culinary heyday with seafood. What a cultural accomplishment – fasting turns to feasting, guilt free.