Christmas dinner is considered the most important meal traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Due to the differences in cultures and cuisines, each country celebrates Christmas dinner according to its own foods and traditions.
Christmas dinner in Australia is somehow like the traditional English version. However, Christmas comes in the heat of the Southern Hemisphere’s summer; hence, meat, chicken and turkey are served cold with cranberry sauce, side salads or roast vegetables followed by Christmas pudding and mince pies on Christmas Day. It is common to have a picnic or a barbecue outside the house on this occasion as a popular way of avoiding the heat of the oven.
Australia Christmas Dinner
Portuguese people love to spend time together on Christmas Eve and enjoy meals with salted cod, served with vegetables and boiled potatoes. The most favorite festival dessert is Bolo Rei which is made from nuts and candied fruit
Spanish people enjoy other foods varying from region to region on 24 December. Foods include turrón, an almond-y nougat and a type of crumbly shortbread
Christmas dinner in Egypt will not be taken place until the sixth day of January with bread, rice, meat and garlic
Oysters, to pâté, to smoked salmon or goose are favorite foods for French people and a Yule log, or bûche de Noël are perfect end for the meal
Christmas dinner in Iceland is served on Christmas Eve. The traditional foods include smoked lamb, a patterned flatbread and puffin with a spiced and sweetened rice pudding as dessert
Although Christmas is not a national holiday in Japan, many young people celebrate the event by eating Kentucky Fried Chicken
Germany is well-known for sweet Chrismas treats such as gingerbread, spiced biscuits, marzipan and stolen. The main meal is often served with a rich meat like roast goose or suckling pig with red cabbage
On Christmas Eve, people in Italy usually have a mix of meats and pasta, followed by sweet dishes such as panettone with a banquet of fish dishes
The Mexicans often have traditional stews, fish (especially cod), and a range of fruits and salads on Christmas Eve
Christmas Dinner Recipes
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