Christmas in Italy is a family holiday, and is usually celebrated
at parents’ or grandparents’ home, where all their childrens’ and
grandchildrens’ families get together on Chrismas Eve.
But what can hide on the “backstage” of the idyllic Christmas picture - that’s the plot of a black comedy of an excellent Italian film director Mario Monicelli Parenti serpenti (also known as Dearest Relatives, Poisonous Relations) .
As for Christmas Eve traditions, the recipes for Christmas Eve dinner
are all lean. Among the traditional dishes for this evening in Emilia
Romagna thre are spaghetti with anchovies, rissotto made with fish
broth, boiled fish with green sauce (made of capers and anchovies),
stewed eel, and verzolini (kind of rolls of Savoy cabbage filled with
bread, egg and parmesan cheese).
And after dinner - Midnight Mass!
This night all children before they go to sleep live under their Christmas Tree a glass of milk for Santa Klaus and some cookies for his reindeers.
And another very important thing to do is to put the figure of Jesus Child in the cradle of the Nativity scene.