An Italian-American Family Christmas

Holidays are important in all cultures.  I thought I’d share my holiday with you.

24 people around the table.  16 DIFFERENT homemade antipasti.  A pasta course – handmade ravioli in brodo and handmade pizza.  A meat and vegetable course – two DIFFERENT meats and four DIFFERENT vegetables.  A fruit and cheese course.  A dessert and coffee course.

Wine?  Of course!  Sparkling white for the toast, then red, white and rose for the meal.  And soda.  And beer.  And bottled water.

The people?  European born and American born.  Italian, Dutch, Irish, English, Polish, German, Portuguese – in various combinations and mixes.

The conversation?  Politics, relationships, family, religion, finance, health – all spirited, often loud, frequently impassioned, seldom angry.

The location?  New York City, the home of Zia Mary and Zio Emil (both around 80).  Zia Mary is the cook and Zio Emil is the carver.

Buon Natale a tutti e auguri per un anno di buona salute e pace!
Merry Christmas to all and wishes for a year of good health and peace.


Mary Lou Bernardo, PhD, MSN


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