The desire for intimacy, the genetic imprint of Christmas, follows the depressive currents of an increasingly limited domestic spending capacity. And the tensions that come from the world of work (Amaco and Abramo disputes, just to remember the latest pockets of employment hardship) push the future of this land into the shadows. The National Consumers Union has processed the latest available ISTAT data, defining the rankings of the most expensive Christmas and New Year’s lunch foods compared to a year ago. In the annual top 20 of foods and drinks typical of Christmas lunch or dinner, the price of berries such as grapes, which many buy, especially for the last of the year, rises by 21.3% compared to a year ago (and it’s not just the blue crab to blame). Higher prices also for side dishes. Potatoes rose 18.7% and artichokes are moving with increases of the order of +10.7%. A notable leap also for exotic fruit which accumulated an increase of 9.8%. Of course, bloodletting is also in the fish shop. Tuna, anchovies, mackerel, unsmoked salmon, all move following increases of +8.6%. The heaviest bill is paid for the clams which record price increases of up to 15%, the mussels are cheaper and bring maximum increases of 12%. Cod, a multipurpose food in the traditional composition of the Christmas dinner, stands out with maximum price increases of 7%.