I don't generally serve pasta (unless it's lasagna) for my Christmas Eve or Christmas Day family meals. But in the month of December, I like to serve festive shaped holiday pastas. Sometimes I'm reluctant to cover them up with sauce, whether tomato or alfredo. I want the cute shapes to show up! So then I make a cold pasta salad with them, lightly dressed with clear Italian or white balsamic dressing. However, who really wants to eat a cold pasta salad in the middle of winter? So then I switch to a nice cheesy macaroni and cheese preparation that will still show off the pasta's shapes.
And for your Jewish friends: