Traditional Christmas Meals From Around the World
Christmas is celebrated around the world but not everyone celebrates the same way we do in the United States. The traditional Christmas dinner is very different in different parts of the world according to whychristmas.com.
In the U.S. our traditional Christmas meal is usually ham or turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and whatever each individual family traditionally has.
In Canada the traditional meal consists of roast turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables and all the trimmings. Many in the country also have a favorite Christmas dessert like plum pudding and mincemeat tarts. A Christmas Fruit Cake is also big in Canada.
In France the main Christmas meal is called Reveillon and is eaten on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning after midnight mass. On Christmas day most in France may eat roast turkey with chestnuts, oysters, foie gras, lobster, venison and cheese. Dessert consists of a chocolate sponge cake log.
In the United Kingdom the traditional Christmas meal is usually eaten at lunchtime or early afternoon. Normally roast turkey, roast vegetables, stuffing, bacon, sausages, cranberry sauce and brad sauce. On the more popular vegetable during the holiday are Brussel sprouts. Dessert consists of lots of chocolate and mince pies.
Christmas in Russia in NOT celebrated on the 25th like here in the U.S. They normally celebrate on January 7th. The date is different because the Russian Orthodox church uses the old ‘Julian’ calendar for religious celebrations. The official Christmas and New holidays in Russia last from December 31st to January 10th. The main meal on Christmas day is often more of a feast with dishes like roast pork & goose. Dessert is often things like fruit pies, gingerbread and honeybread cookies and fresh and dried fruit and more nuts. Russian Christmas cookies called Kozulya which are made in the shape of a sheep, goat or deer.