The southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes has become a tradition for Italian-American families as well.
Cindy Coddington, who grew up with the traditional meal in her family, remembers the day as a whirlwind of family and fry pans.
"Ours was fried shrimp, fried scallops, pan-fried smelts, calamari cut up in rings and fried. And I'll tell you after the holidays, you really couldn't stand the sight of any more fried food...for a while," Coddington says.
Jim and MaryAnn Fletcher met when they were just children, in the first grade. Later, they became high school sweethearts. But then they split up â€” until they found each other again, more than 20 years later.
Both Jim and MaryAnn are now 50 years old. And they spoke recently about how they met, and the twists and turns their lives have taken since that day. Jim started by recalling the first time he laid eyes on MaryAnn.
"It was the first day of first grade. And there was this kid who said to me, 'That's MaryAnn Lando. She can read.'"
Itâ€™s sometimes called â€śLobster Flowerâ€ť or â€śFlame Leaf Flowerâ€ť â€“ but is perhaps best known as the Poinsettia. And itâ€™s a very popular plant during the holiday season. KUNC gardener Tom Throgmorton has moreâ€¦