Christmas is here. Merry Christmas to each and every one, have a happy and happy Christmas day. This year I thought it would be nice to see what we all eat on Christmas day, so I’m going to start rolling the ball telling you what people from various nations will eat, and then you can use the comments to tell us what you’re going to eat. it will be a good way for all of us to get to know the nicer details of Christmas that the Listversers enjoy! The source of this list is Wikipedia, but there are many sites on the network that contain details of international dishes, so be sure to take a look: they can be quite fascinating.
10 – Eastern Europe
In the areas of the former Polish-Lithuanian community (for example, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania), an elaborate and ritualized twelve-course meal without meat is served on Christmas Eve (December 24). This is because the pre-Christmas season is a time of fasting, which is interrupted on Christmas day. As is typical of Slavic cultures, great efforts are made to honor the spirits of deceased relatives, including establishing a place and offering them food. A traditional Christmas meal in the Czech Republic is fried carp and potato salad. This tradition began after the excessive growth of pond culture in the Baroque era. Many households also prepare a variety of special Christmas cookies to offer to Christmas visitors. These preparations are carried out many days and weeks before the party and take a long time to decorate, and the rest usually ends up in a Christmas tree as decoration.
9 – Peru
On Christmas Eve (Noche Buena), the extended family gathers for a delicious dinner around the turkey, stuffed with ground meat and peanuts and decorated with fresh slices of pineapple and cherries; Roasted potatoes and apple sauce. The desserts include marzipan and assorted bowls with raisins, almonds and panettone, accompanied by a cup of thick hot chocolate. At midnight, a toast is made and good wishes and hugs are exchanged. A designated person runs to put the Child Jesus in the Nativity scene. Then, the family members take a seat in the dining room while singing Christmas carols.
8 – Finland
Joulupöytä (translated as “Christmas table”) is the name of the traditional food table served at Christmas in Finland, similar to the Swedish smörgåsbord. It contains many different dishes, most of them typical of the season. The main course is usually a large Christmas ham, which is eaten with mustard or bread along with the other dishes. Fish (often lutefisk and gravlax) are also served, and with the ham there are also laatikot, casseroles with liver and raisins, as well as potatoes, rice and carrots. The traditional Christmas drink is a warm wine with alcohol or without alcohol (glögi in Finnish).
7 – Canada
In English Canada, the Christmas dinner is similar to that of its colonial ancestor, England, as well as its neighbor United States. The traditional Christmas dinner includes turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, salsa, cranberry sauce, vegetables and plum pudding for dessert. Eggnog, a milk-based punch that is often infused with alcohol, is also very popular during the holiday season. Other Christmas items include butter cakes and butter cookies, which are traditionally baked before the holidays and served to friends who visit us, at various Christmas and New Year celebrations, as well as on Christmas Day. Other ethnic communities can also continue to use old world traditions. For example, a Canadian Ukrainian family can eat a traditional 12-course Christmas meal without meat, or simply add perogies to a Westernized meal. In French Canada, traditions may be more similar to those in France.
6 – Denmark
In Denmark, the traditional Christmas food served on December 24 consists of roast pork, goose or duck. This is served together with potatoes, red cabbage and lots of sauce. It is followed with a rice pudding dessert, often with an almond hidden inside, whose lucky seeker is entitled to a gift known as the gift of almond. The traditional Christmas drinks are Gløgg (pictured above) and the traditional Christmas beers, specially prepared for the season. These usually have a high percentage of alcohol.
5 – The Netherlands
The Christmas dinner in the Netherlands is a little different from the customs of neighboring countries. A typical Dutch tradition is that of “gourmet”. This is an all-night event, where small groups of people sit together around a gourmet set and use their own little pan to cook and season their own food in very small portions. The host has prepared finely chopped vegetables and different types of meats, fish and prawns / shrimp. Everything is accompanied by different salads, fruits and sauces. The origin of the gourmet is probably in the former Dutch colony of Indonesia. The Dutch also enjoy more traditional Christmas dinners, such as roast beef, duck, rabbit, pheasant or roasted ham or glaze. This is usually served with different types of vegetables, potatoes and salads. In recent years, the traditions of the Anglo-Saxon countries have become increasingly popular, especially Turkey in the style of the United Kingdom. The photo above is the Dutch version of Santa Claus.
4 – France
In France and in some other French-speaking countries, a réveillon is a long dinner, and possibly a party, which is celebrated on the nights before Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The name of this dinner is based on the word réveil (meaning “awakening”), because participation implies staying awake until midnight and beyond. Common dishes include goose liver or duck (foie gras); oysters; smoked salmon; Locust; Roasted duck, goose or turkey with chestnuts and stuffing; and, for dessert, a traditional Christmas cake called “La Buche de Noel”, a cream cake that comes in different flavors (chocolate, hazelnut …) and that has the shape of a trunk. The drink that is served is traditionally Champagne. In Provence, the tradition of 13 desserts is followed: 13 desserts are served, almost invariably including: pompe à l’huile (bread with flavor), dates, etc.
3 – New Zealand
The Christmas customs of New Zealand are largely identical to those of the United Kingdom due to their status as a former British colony, since the ethnic population of the Caucasus is almost exclusively British or Irish, and the British cultural influence still widespread in the country is courtesy of constant movements. of people between New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The Christmas dinner consists of roasted turkey, roasted vegetables, stuffing (or dressing, as it is known in North America), cranberry sauce. Alternatively, roasted ham can be offered as a main course and lamb is also very popular. An important exception of the British dinner is the absence of goose, since it does not breed in New Zealand and the government prohibits the importation of foreign meat products. Desserts are almost without exception meat pies or Christmas pudding (or plum pudding) and brandy butter, inherited from British practices. The enjoyment of non-British Christmas foods, such as the stollen from Germany, Bûche de Noël from France and the panettone from Italy, was virtually unknown in New Zealand until the late 1990s and is still extremely rare today. Because New Zealanders celebrate Christmas in the summer, it is also common to make barbecues and eat seasonal fruits such as cherries and strawberries. The photo above is a Pavlova: a typical New Zealand pudding based on meringue that is often served at Christmas (and throughout the year).
2 – United Kingdom
Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom (and the Commonwealth nations) is usually eaten in the afternoon. Dinner in the United Kingdom and Ireland usually consists of roasted turkey or roasted goose (although the duck is a common alternative depending on the number of diners), sometimes with ham or, to a lesser extent, with pork; roasted potatoes; vegetables (usually boiled or steamed), particularly Brussels sprouts; Filling; Chipolatas or pigs in blankets; cranberry sauce; With Christmas pudding dessert (or plum pudding) and brandy butter. In England, the evolution of the main dish to the turkey was not carried out for years, not even centuries. At first, in medieval England, the main course was a peacock or a boar, the boar was usually the pillar. After the French Jesuits imported the turkey to Britain, it became the main dish in the 1700s. A common tradition in the United Kingdom is to use the arm of Turkey to make a wish. Two people pull the opposite ends of the wishbone until it breaks, and the person holding the larger fragment of the bone makes a wish. The dessert of a British Christmas dinner is almost always Christmas pudding. You can also eat meat pies, a Christmas cake or a Yule Log.
1 – United States of America
Many Christmas customs in the United States have been adopted from the United Kingdom, although customs are also found in other European countries. Consequently, the pillars of the English table are also found in the United States: cranberry sauce, turkey, stuffing or dressing, corn, squash and green beans are common. The dessert often reflects the ethnicity of the participants, but examples include pumpkin pie (photo above), marzipan, pfeffernusse, sugar cookies, panettone, fruit cake, apple pie, carrot cake, oreo cake and mince pie. Ham or roast meat is often served instead of turkey, especially since the turkey is the mainstay of the dinner for the American holiday of Thanksgiving in November. Regional meals vary: Hawaii has Turkey teriyaki, Virginia has oysters and ham pie, and the Upper Midwest includes dishes from predominantly Scandinavian backgrounds such as lutefisk and mashed rutabaga or turnip. In the southwest, especially in New Mexico, a traditional Christmas dinner can include posole, tamales, empanadas (minced meat pies) and biscochitos.