This Is What Christmas Dinner Looks Like In Different Countries Of The World

  • By Asad Tipu
  • December 18, 2017
  • 7 minutes read

Christmas is the most important time of the year.

It’s the time of happiness. Where distant relatives, ugly cousins and unknown homeless people join together to celebrate. With presents and snow, it’s easily one of the most celebrated holiday events of the year.

But what makes Christmas so special? That’s easy: the food. With different delicious delicacies around the world, Christmas is one of the best times of the year to just sit down and start chowing down. And here’s how they do it across the Earth.

#1 Switzerland

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“In Switzerland we stick some meat pieces on a super-long fork and dip it in boiling bouillon soup to cook it, kind of like a hotpot! It’s served with french fries or potato chips, and a variety of sauces for the meat.”

Submitted by twistley

#2 Venezuela

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“I’m from Venezuela and our traditional Chrismast dinner is ‘hallacas’, which is pretty much like a tamal; roasted pork or turkey; ‘pan de jamón’, which is bread stuffed with Christmas ham, raisins, and olives; and ‘ensalada de pollo’, which is a chicken salad with potatoes, carrots, and peas. For dessert we have ‘torta negra’, which is chocolate cake with rum-soaked fruits.”

Submitted by gabb19

#3 Barbados

“In Barbados we have turkey, ham, and sweet potato pie in sugar and pineapple juice. There’s also rice and peas, salads, macaroni pie, and American-style stuffing if you like that stuff. For dessert we have Bajan rum black cake (which is our version of fruit cake and it’s a million times better) with ice cream, cheesecakes, or pudding bread.”

Submitted by tammyakeliat

#4 Botswana

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“In Botswana the standard Christmas meal is rice, salads, and fried chicken. This meal is actually served in important ceremonies like weddings, parties, or any grand festivities.”

Submitted by mommagen

#5 Denmark

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“In Denmark we eat ‘flæskesteg’, which is a pork roast with crackling. With this we eat potatoes, warm red cabbage, gravy, small caramelized potatoes, and chips. For dessert we have ‘ris’a’la mande’ – a rice porridge with almonds, whipped cream, and vanilla in it.”

Submitted by mettekirkk

#6 Portugal

“In Portugal the traditional Christmas meal is called ‘Consoada’ and is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve. It consists of boiled bacalhau (dried salted codfish), boiled potatoes, boiled eggs, boiled onions, boiled chickpeas, boiled cabbage, and other greens accompanied with a dressing made of chopped raw onion, garlic, and parsley. This dish is also accompanied with olive oil, and a lot of it! Another traditional dish is “polvo à lagareiro” (grilled octopus) accompanied by ‘batatas a murro’, which translates to ‘punched potatoes’, that are oven-roasted with garlic, parsley, and olive oil. And there are sooooo many more Portuguese Christmas sweets!”

Submitted by ritasfsilva

#7 United Kingdom

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“In Britain we traditionally have a turkey (but sometimes people may have a goose or chicken) with cranberry sauce, Brussels sprouts, pigs in blankets (small sausages wrapped in bacon), roast carrots, roast potatoes, parsnips, and the best of all, gravy! Just before the dinner you pull a cracker with someone else, and it has a really bad joke, a hat, and little toy inside.”

Submitted by someoneunfollowedme

#8 Poland

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“In Poland we eat borscht, which is beetroot soup, with dumplings.”

Submitted by k3007xx

#9 Finland

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“In Finland we have ham, potatoes, a lot of different types of fish, and then we have these things called ‘lanttulaatikko’ (pictured) which are kinda like casseroles. Potato salad is also quite popular and some people eat meatballs, too. For dessert we just have traditional gingerbread cookies, plum jam tarts in the shape of a star, and we love to drink glögi, which is quite similar to mulled wine but with cardamom.”

Submitted by lauramakinen

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