There are a lot of traditional Christmas food served on Christmas day and the day after (since it’s still a holiday for us) but it depends on where you live.
Everywhere, anyway, the most traditional food is the Panettone and for us who don’t like candied fruits, the Pandoro.
Where I’m from, Lombardy, staffed capon is the main dish even if we, as family, don’t have it.
Moreover, there are families who celebrate and have a big Christmas Eve dinner (usually fish based), and families who celebrate on Christmas day, but anyway both have hors d’oeuvre, first course, second, cheese, fruit and dessert.
Throwback Friday #30
What are the most important dates in the Italian calendar?
The Christmas season starts on December 8th when we celebrate the Immaculate Conception which is the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary free from original sin by virtue of the merits of her son Jesus Christ. The Catholic Church teaches that God acted upon Mary in the first moment of her conception keeping her “immaculate”. Usually families get together for lunch and it is traditionally the day that the Christmas tree and Nativity Scene are built.