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Call your local fish market and order ahead to ensure availability on Christmas Eve. I order one crab for every 2 1/2 people and add one "for the pot." I try to buy the crabs on Christmas Eve morning, but they will keep in the back of your fridge for 24 hours if need be. Get precooked crabs, and ask to have them cleaned when you buy them, which will save you time and much aggravation.
Read more about Italian Christmas Eve traditions in "The seven-fishes feast."