PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It’s Christmas Eve and with the presents wrapped for most folks, it’s now all about the food.

“Definitely about food in our family. We’re a big Italian family. We like to cook a lot,” Lia Shaffer said.

The Strip District was swarming with holiday-makers looking for that delicacy that makes Christmas so special.

The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company was a popular destination.

Whatever the ethnicity, Christmas traditions were abound.

“My mom makes about ten dozen pierogies and then, we have traditional soup made from mushrooms, cream of mushroom,” Michael Hasco said.

The Hasco brothers say it’s all made with love.

“There’s no meat in the meal, but there’s a lot of great Polish delicacies and a lot of fun and a lot of love,” Tom Hasco said.

Some families change their food experiences.

“Normally, yes, but this year we’re different. Normally, we have a prime rib. This year, we going to do a fondue,” Carol Ennulat said.

Roast beef, turkeys, and ham are very traditional, but lobster on Christmas?

“I grew up on Long Island and my parents had lobster a couple times for our Christmas meals, so I figured I’d introduce it to our children,” Greg Beal said.

Of course, fish is very traditional and nothing quite says food like Wholey’s on Christmas Eve.

All kinds of fish make up those seven fishes, but you don’t have to be Italian to enjoy seafood on the holiday.

Ernie Carns: We’re buying king crab legs for drunken king crab legs for our annual dinner.

Jon Delano: Drunken king crab legs? Sounds like a nice mixture of food and drink.

Carns: It is. Just a little bit of ale, and a lot of lemon and garlic.

Lots of families say visiting the Strip District on Christmas Eve is a tradition as well.

See Jon Delano’s report on how some people are celebrating the holiday in the Strip District


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