Newsletter for Friday, Dec. 25
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Delivering gifts has given Santa some pretty great thighs (Instagram via @ccphilly)
WHY SO MANY PHILADELPHIANS EAT SEAFOOD FOR CHRISTMAS
For many Americans of Italian Catholic descent, Christmas Eve is all about fish. Shellfish counts too, as do eels and squid. It’s one of American-Italians’ most persevering traditions — the Feast of the Seven Fishes. No one has uncovered exactly how the popular custom became known by this name, though there are obvious antecedents in both Catholic canon and Italian culture. But one thing is certain: The ritual is hugely popular in Philadelphia.
15 HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE YEAR IN PHILLY CRIME
From a longtime politician being charged with corruption to a woman getting convicted for harming others via butt injection, there have been odd moments during the year in Philly crime. And it’s been brutal, as well, from the gunning down of Officer Robert Wilson III to two transgender women being killed in a year that, as a whole, homicides are up compared to the prior one. Here’s a look at 15 highlights from the year in Philly crime.
PHILLY HOLIDAYS: MAD ELF, MAYFAIR’S XMAS LIGHTS EXTRAVAGANZA AND MORE
Can’t get enough of Christmas? We’ve got you covered. Billy Penn has been writing extensively about the holidays in Philly, and you can check out everything we’ve written here, from the tale of the first batch of Mad Elf to the Santa Claus that Eagles fans famously booed to Mayfair’s Christmas lights competition. Merry Christmas, y’all!