A Fishy ChristmasPosted: December 25, 2013
It was Christmas Eve and Bill and I were in the kitchen preparing our donations to Christmas dinner at our son and daughter-in-law’s – a Waldorf salad, a green bean and Canadian bacon casserole, and a pecan pie – when Mom called out to me.
“Patty,” she yelled. “Did you see the news story about the seven Italian Christmas fishes?”
I must admit, that one stopped me cold. I know about the 3 wise men and the 8 tiny reindeer and the 12 days of Christmas, but I don’t believe I’ve ever heard of the 7 Italian Christmas fishes.
“Where in the world did you hear that?” I asked, wandering into the living room and plopping down on the recliner next to Mom’s loveseat.
“It was just on channel 10,” she said, flapping the TV guide toward the television on the opposite side of the room.
“Are you sure they said ‘fishes’ and not ‘dishes?’ Like the seven Italian Christmas dishes?”
“Nope, it was fishes,” she replied with an emphatic nod. “They even said what kind, except they weren’t really fish, just things that grow in the ocean.”
“Grow in the ocean?” I asked, somewhat confused. “Do you mean like kelp?”
“No, like squids and eels and octopus. And shrimp cocktail.”
“Oh those,” I said with a chuckle. “One of my favorite species of shrimp.”
“Anyway, there weren’t many real fish on the menu. I think it might be an excuse to eat weird stuff. Sort of like a made-up tradition.”
“Kind of like Festivus?” I asked with grin.
“Is that another weird ocean thing?” she asked.
“No, it’s a made-up tradition. It’s from a TV show that’s not on anymore.”
“Oh, did they die?”
“Did who die?”
“The actors that were on the show. That’s one reason shows aren’t on any more,” she concluded.
“No, they didn’t die. The show just ended after 8 or 9 seasons. Anyway, instead of Christmas, the made-up holiday was called Festivus. And the line was ‘Festivus for the rest of us.’ It was pretty funny.”
“Well it sounds as dumb as the seven fishes. By the way, what’s Ryan fixing for dinner tonight?”
“His own Christmas tradition. Bacon wrapped turkey on the grill. Yum!”
“If you say so. As long as it isn’t wrapped in eels!”
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!