Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and New Year!
Another year is almost over. It’s been a crazy but good year for me. I’ll spend the next couple days with family, including tonight’s Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes. I write about this Italian tradition in Love’s Second Chance. For fun, I’ve included an excerpt. Enjoy!
Also, I’m blogging this week with The Violet Femmes. We’re doing a holiday romantic suspense round-robin called Glitter Girl. Stop by and read my part (part 4) and catch up with the earlier segments.
Excerpt from “Love’s Second Chance”
“Does your family have a huge dinner like this every Christmas Eve,” Edward asked, leaning to the side so he could be heard over the noise.
“Yes. It’s a family tradition, going back as far as I can remember,” Kate replied.
“What exactly is the significance of the seven fish?”
“There are different views on its origin, but my grandmother once told me that the number seven stood for the number of Sacraments in the church. There’s baptism, penance, Holy Communion, confirmation, marriage, holy orders, and anointing of the sick.”
“What about the type of fish? Is that important?”
“I don’t think so. We usually have the same fish, though my parents try and mix up how the food is prepared. Plus, there are the side dishes that are often different. You’ve never experienced an Italian Christmas Eve dinner before?”
“Not that I can recall,” Edward said.
“Believe me when I say you would know if you had. I hope you’ve brought your appetite with you.”
He grasped her hand and pressed his lips to it. “I most certainly have.”
The smoldering look in his eyes told Kate that his appetite was for more than just food.