In Which New Traditions Replace Old…

Are you ordering take out for me, Master Jedi?

Dr. J. who is half-Italian on Mama J.’s side was raised to enjoy the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. The tradition is that seven dishes made with varying seafood are served the night before Christmas. This was one of Dr. J.’s favorite traditions. When he was up in Philly, Mama J. or his Great Aunt would host the meal. Various dishes were served, clams and spaghetti, fried shrimp, flounder, smelts, crab cakes or a delicious crab casserole (imagine one giant crab cake), anchovy bread (pizza, hold the cheese and add anchovies) and bacala salad. One year, when Mama J. was feeling particularly lazy, she she made boulabase which covered about 5 of the fish, along with two other staples. Moving to New Atlantis, Dr. and Mrs. Dr. J. went home the first two years, then in year 3 and 4 attempted to cook the Feast but it is an expensive and wasteful proposition so it got cut to 3 fishes. Then the Lil Resident had no interest in fish, and Christmas Eve is always hectic, so we started getting take out from Maggiano’s. Dr. J. would get fried calamari and a second seafood dish, just to get his fix, but Lil Resident and Medstudent would get what they like (Rigatoni Alfredo with a side of meatballs).

Now that the Lil Resident and Lil Medstudent are a little older, Mrs. Dr. J. floated the idea of making a few seafood dishes at home. Tears welled up in the Lil Resident’s yellow-red eyes, force lightning crackled in her hand and she said, “…b-b-but mom, Maggiano’s is our Christmas Eve TRADITION!” Mrs. Dr. J. looked to Dr. J. for his thoughts…he said, “Well, I am working on Christmas Eve, and also some traditions change, and has become our tradition, so be it. Maggiano’s it is.”

About Dr. J.

Dr. J. was born the son of a New Atlantean sharecropper who cornered the market on notoriously delicious seaweed Himanthalia elongata (popularly known as Thongweed). With his newly minted seaweed fortune, Mr. J. the Elder sent his son to attend the Academy of Sorcery, Alchemy and Surgery where the good doctor apprenticed with the finest sorcerer surgeons in New Atlantis. Dr. J.'s areas of expertise grew to include bleeding, cutting for stone, trephination, medical divination with outstanding spatial and temporal resolution, cybernetic sorcery and medicinal alchemy. When King Orin of Atlantis fell ill with the Ick, Dr. J. stepped in with an elixir he devised from a combination of minerals, herbs and saps. Curing the king, Dr. J. gained significant notoriety which afforded him the luxury of time to devote himself to his side hobbies which include porpoise racing, the study of supply-side economics, cooking and raising his lovely merchildren alongside his lovely bride the archconservative Mrs. Dr. J.