PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – When it comes to the holidays, everyone has their own celebrations and traditions they observe every year.
For some, their traditions can’t be passed on.READ MORE: 25-Year-Old Man Arrested, Facing Homicide Charges In Deadly Bellevue Shooting
Those traditions can be sacred, whether it’s just bringing the family together for a meal or blessing the new year.
Christmas Eve traditions are no different.
A dinner of fish is customary for plenty of families the night before Christmas, but for Italian families, it’s revered.
The Feast of Seven Fishes highlights a tradition passed on through generations that brings families together, passes on recipes, and creates a peaceful time.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: The Bitter Blast Is Here, How Long Will It Last?
Christmas mass is also a sacred tradition for many.
Churches are still planning to hold full services tonight, but with safety precautions in place.
Parishioners say it’s a holy night even if masks must be worn.
“It helps create an environment where everyone’s comfortable and safe and we’re able to gather in person as a parish to celebrate this important holiday where we mark the birth of our Savior,” said St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Rector Noah Evans.
“It’s a Christmas Eve tradition it’s a beautiful tradition,” said Daniel Wholey, the owner of Wholey’s Fish Market. “It brings families together it’s kind of like a peaceful dinner there’s no there’s no slaughter involved.”
Other Christmas Eve traditions include fun activities like ice skating.MORE NEWS: Report: Family Of Pitt Student Struck And Killed By Port Authority Bus To Receive Settlement
Families say the traditions have evolved over the years, but they’re always something to pass down.