Presents aren’t the only thing you’ll find Mexican families unwrapping on Christmas Day. Savory meat or vegetable-based tamales are the main event at dinnertime. In fact, it’s common for families to host a tamalada, or tamale-making party, in the days leading up to the event. Learn how to make tamales with our step-by-step recipe.
Italians begin their celebration on Christmas Eve with a tradition known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The dinner consists of a seven-course menu featuring seafood dishes like carp, octopus, clams, mussels—and even fried eel! The final course is reserved for classic Italian desserts like panettone or homemade tiramisu. Celebrate the holiday Italian-style using our best tips for hosting a Feast of the Seven Fishes celebration.