My husband's family is of Sicilian origin and I'm jewish.
Christmas Eve is always celebrated at his neices home, however, I've been having Christmas Day dinner at our house (a much smaller crowd, only about 6-8 at most).
I know Christmas Eve it is customary to have the Feast of the 7 Fishes, which is done in a small matter in his family, since surprisingly, few of them eat fish (I know, very strange).
I'm going to be making a turkey for the main entree, but I am looking for a festive pasta course to preceed the turkey. I don't want to resort to the usual lasagna and it can't be with seafood (unfortunately for me).
Also, any traditional ideas for side dishes would be greatly appreciated as well. This is the 5th year I'll be throwing this dinner and while it's been a huge success thus far (thanks to my cooking skills) I really would like to wow them this year, since I actually love all of them like my own family.