A mixed seafood platter of clams, mussels, calamari and lobster...

A mixed seafood platter of clams, mussels, calamari and lobster is one of the entrees served at Original Brooklyn Pizza II in North Babylon. (Nov. 27, 2011) Credit: Doug Young

All of us wish all of you the happiest — and tastiest — of holidays. We'll resume our reporting next Tuesday. In the meantime, here are some suggestions for the weekend:

For the many Long Islanders who share both an Italian and Catholic heritage, the celebration of Christmas Eve involves a culinary tradition that marks the seven days of biblical Creation — as well as the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. Known as La Vigilia — “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” — it’s a holiday supper that consists of oceanic edibles, all to be consumed before midnight Mass. If you’re looking to dine out, click here to see Peter Gianotti recommendations for 7 restaurants offering fish-based menus.

Another local Christmas tradition — albeit most popular among those who don’t celebrate the holiday — is eating Chinese (and seeing a movie) on Christmas Day. Here are Joan Reminick’s recommendations for ethnic restaurants that should be hopping on Sunday.

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