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An oven-roasted brine-soaked turkey
An oven-roasted brine-soaked turkey
Fruit cake

Albania

Argentina

See also: Argentine cuisine

Vitello tonnato is a popular Christmas dish in Argentina, where it is known as vitel toné. The Piedmontese dish is valued during the summer for its cold serving temperature, and is the legacy of the large Italian immigration to the country.[1]
Vitello tonnato is a popular Christmas dish in Argentina, where it is known as vitel toné. The Piedmontese dish is valued during the summer for its cold serving temperature, and is the legacy of the large Italian immigration to the country.[1]

Panettone (known locally as pan dulce) and turrón are the most popular Christmas sweets in Argentina regardless of socioeconomic status, with 76% of Argentines choosing the former and 59% the latter in 2015.[2] Mantecol, a typical peanut dessert, is also popular, being favored by 49% of Argentines in the same survey.[3] Sparkling wines, ciders and frizzantes concentrate most of their sales during Christmas season; sparkling wine is mostly consumed by small families with high and medium socioeconomic status living in Greater Buenos Aires and the country's largest cities, while cider and frizzantes are popular among lower classes and large families.[3]

Australia

Candy Cane can be hung as edible decorations.
Candy Cane can be hung as edible decorations.

Belgium

Brazil

Panettone
Panettone

Canada

Gingerbread house
Gingerbread house

Chile

Pan de pascua
Pan de pascua

Colombia

Colombian Buñuelos
Colombian Buñuelos
Colombian natilla
Colombian natilla

Colombian Christmas dishes are mostly sweets and desserts. Some of the most popular dishes include:

Cuba

Czech Republic and Slovakia

Christmas cookies (vánoční cukroví)
Christmas cookies (vánoční cukroví)

Before the Christmas holidays, many kinds of sweet biscuits are prepared. The Christmas cookies are then served during the whole Christmas period and exchanged among friends and neighbours. Very popular is also a preparation of small ginger breads garnished by sugar icing.

Denmark

Danish Christmas meal
Danish Christmas meal

Main article: Danish cuisine

Dominican Republic

Drinks:

Desserts:

Finland

Main article: Cuisine of Finland

A Karelian pasty
Mulled wine

Christmas smorgasbord from Finland, "Joulupöytä", (translated "Yule table"), a traditional display of Christmas food[27] served at Christmas in Finland, similar to the Swedish smörgåsbord, including:

Other meat dishes could be:

Desserts:

Drinks:

France

Foie gras en cocotte
Foie gras en cocotte
Kouglof
Kouglof

Germany

A Christmas Stollen
A Christmas Stollen

Greece

Guatemala

Hong Kong

Hungary

Töltött káposzta
Töltött káposzta

Iceland

Möndlugrautur
Möndlugrautur

India

Christianity is not a major religion of India, but Christians in India celebrate Christmas by enjoying several dishes, such as Allahabadi cake, Candy canes, Plum cakes etc. Some of the popular dishes eaten during Christmas in India are:

Church services are also held in churches throughout India, in which Christmas dinners are held which include dishes such as Allahabadi cake, candy canes, christmas cookies.

Indonesia

Italy

Main article: Italian cuisine

See also: List of Italian dishes

Jamaica

Japan

Lithuania

Malaysia

Malta

Mexico

Christmas roast
Christmas roast

Netherlands

New Zealand

A homemade Christmas pavlova decorated with pomegranate seeds and Chantilly cream.
A homemade Christmas pavlova decorated with pomegranate seeds and Chantilly cream.

Norway

Scandinavian-style gingerbread
Scandinavian-style gingerbread

Panama

Paraguay

Philippines

Large bibingka from the Philippines
Large bibingka from the Philippines

Poland

12 dishes are served as a reminder of the 12 Apostles on Christmas Eve, 24 December. Polish people don't eat meat on this day, instead they choose from variety of fish and vegetable dishes. The meal begins when the first star is seen.

Barszcz with Uszka
Barszcz with Uszka
Makowiec

Portugal

Bolo-Rei
Bolo-Rei

Puerto Rico

Drinks:

Dessert:

Romania

Cozonac
Cozonac

Romanian Christmas foods are mostly pork-based dishes.[50] Five days before Christmas, Romanians are celebrating the Ignat Day, a religious holy day dedicated to the Holy Martyr Ignatius Theophorus, associated with a practice that takes place especially on villages scattered around the country: the ritual of slaughtering the pigs. And they are using everything from the pigs: from their blood to their ears. Five days later their tables are filled not only with generous pork roasts but also with:

San Marino

Bustrengo

Serbia

Main article: Serbian cuisine

South Africa

Christmas is in the summer time in South Africa, so lots of summer fruits like Watermelon and cantaloupes are enjoyed around the time. Popular desserts include trifle, melktert and peppermint crisp tart. People in South Africa love to Braai, and would do that for Christmas or New Year's Day.

Spain

Sweden

Julbord Christmas dinner in Sweden
Julbord Christmas dinner in Sweden

Trinidad and Tobago

In Trinidad and Tobago traditional meals consists of generous helpings of baked ham, pastelles, black fruit cake, sweet breads, along with traditional drinks such as sorrel, ginger beer, and ponche de crème. The ham is the main item on the Christmas menu with sorrel to accompany it.[56][57]

Ukraine

Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christians in Ukraine traditionally have two Christmas dinners. The first is a Lent Dinner, it is held on the January 6 and should consist of meatless dishes. The second is a Christmas Festive dinner held on January 7, when the meat dishes and alcohol are already allowed on the table. The dinner normally has 12 dishes which represent Jesus's 12 disciples. Both Christmas dinners traditionally include a number of authentic Ukrainian dishes, which have over thousand-year history and date back to pagan times.

United Kingdom and Ireland

Main article: British cuisine

Christmas pudding
Christmas pudding

In the United Kingdom, what is now regarded as the traditional meal consists of roast turkey with cranberry sauce, served with roast potatoes and parsnips and other vegetables, followed by Christmas pudding, a heavy steamed pudding made with dried fruit, suet, and very little flour. Other roast meats may be served, and in the nineteenth century the traditional roast was goose. The same carries over to Ireland with some variations.

United States

Roast turkey
Roast turkey
Christmas ham

See also: Thanksgiving (the dishes tend to be similar)

Venezuela

Hallaca
Hallaca

See also

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