Tonight is "Christmas" as much as tomorrow here. I will be hosting 18 people for dinner tonight. We will exchange our gifts (mostly just for the children) and eat, eat, eat. The menu tonight is fish-based. We'll have smoked salmon, raw mollusks, and two or three other fish dishes. At midnight, or earlier if the kids are fading, we have the traditional procession around the house singing "Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle," or "You Come Down From the Stars" an Italian Christmas carol about baby Jesus. The procession is organised in order of age, with the youngest member of the family (who is my son) leading the way, carrying the tiny figure of baby Jesus around the house and finally laying him to rest in his crib in the manger of the nativity scene. If you notice, there's no baby Jesus in the manger in the photo at the top.
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