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What Do People Around the World Eat at Christmas? (Photos)

Christmas is one of the biggest celebrated holidays in the world. Each country has it’s own way of celebrating the holidays, putting their own culture into their dishes. I personally like to see what other people around the world will be eating this holiday.

Here’s what people around the world will be eating on Christmas.


Traditional Christmass meal in Argentina. (Image: jspatchwork via Compfight cc)
Traditional Christmas meal in Argentina. (Image: jspatchwork via Compfight cc)

  • Vitello Tonnato, a sliced veal dish covered with a creamy sauce that’s served cold.


  • Cougnon, a type of sweet bread known in Belgium as the bread of Jesus. It’s made with flour, eggs, milk, yeast, raisins, and sugar.


  • People like to drink “Ponche a la romana.” It’s a drink akin to eggnog made with champagne and pineapple ice cream.


  • Oysters.
  • Turkey stuffed with chestnuts.
  • Christmas log is a dish that has to be on the table… no matter what.
  • This dessert is a Most during Christmas in France.  (Image: Tesco PLC via Compfight cc)
    This dessert is a must during Christmas in France. (Image: Tesco PLC via Compfight cc)


Goose is the traditinal German Christmas dinner(Image: JaBB via Compfight cc)
Goose is the main dish in a traditional German Christmas dinner. (Image: JaBB via Compfight cc)

  • Christmas goose dinner features the golden, roasted bird with apples and onions in the stuffing.
  • Brown gravy.
  • Dumplings or spaetzle.
  • Heap of clove-y greens.
  • Sweet-sour red cabbage on the side.



There are two desserts that can not be missed during the Christmas fest in Italy:

Panettone (Image: yuichi.sakuraba via Compfight cc)
Panettone. (Image: yuichi.sakuraba via Compfight cc)

  • Panettone, a tall, dome-shaped sweet yeast cake baked with raisins and candied orange peel.
  • Pandoro, a tall, star-shaped cake with a delicious egg-y brioche-like soft centre, and a lovely vanilla-butter flavor.


  • Allahabadi Christmas cake is a traditional Indian rum fruitcake, baked with maida flour, eggs, butter, sugar, petha, marmalade, nuts, ginger, and fennel.


  • Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is one of the most popular foods to eat at Christmas in Japan.
  • Red wine.


  • Rice and peas, usually cooked with fresh gungo peas instead of dried kidney beans or other dried legumes.


  • Tamales.
  • Atole.
  • Pozole.
  • Birria.
  • Menudo.
  • Dishes that are usually only prepared during Christmas time are romeritos, bacalao, and stuffed turkey.

Pozole is a popular dish during the holidays in Mexico. (Image: swanksalot via Compfight cc)
Pozole is a popular dish during the holidays in Mexico. (Image: swanksalot via Compfight cc)


  • Twelve meatless dishes, symbolizing the twelve Apostles, are served on Christmas day in Lithuania.

Puerto Rico

  • Roast pig. The whole pig is roasted over a large charcoal grill.

United Kingdom

At first, in medieval England, the main course was either a peacock or a boar, the boar usually the mainstay. The turkey appeared on Christmas tables in England in the 16th century.

Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom is usually eaten in the afternoon on Dec. 25. Dinner consists of:

  • Roast turkey, although other poultry, such as geese, chickens, ducks, capons, or pheasants, are alternatives, served with stuffing, gravy, and sometimes forcemeat.
  • Pigs in blankets.
  • Devils on horseback.
  • Cranberry sauce or redcurrant jelly.
  • Bread sauce.
  • Roast potatoes (sometimes also boiled or mashed).
  • Vegetables (usually boiled or steamed), particularly brussels sprouts and parsnips.
  • Dessert of Christmas pudding (or plum pudding), sometimes mince pies or trifle, with brandy butter and/or cream.

Turkey (Image:Special*Dark via Compfight cc)
Sliced turkey with dressing and gravy. (Image:Special*Dark via Compfight cc)


  • Kutia, a wheat-based cereal. It’s loaded with poppy seeds, walnuts, pecans, almonds, raisins, and honey.

Kutia. (Image: rennes.i via Compfight cc)
Kutia. (Image: rennes.i via Compfight cc)


We may be eating different things, but it doesn’t matter where we are, we all will be celebrating !


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Happy Holidays! (Image:http://wifflegif.com/)






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