In various countries around the world, Christmas food is enjoyed on different days of the year. For some people, it’s enjoyed on the 24th of December, for others, it’s the 25th. For many, Christmas day is a religious event that takes place before the New Year and there is a separate day for the gifting of presents after the New Year. There are different traditions & customs all over the world. This is what makes the world so diverse and no country identical to another. With the exception of food. We all delight in it. Christmas, for most of us, is a time of the year to indulge. Yet for one country it may be a Christmas roast dinner that gets their mouth-watering, and for others, dumplings.
Overindulge in the US
As you will already know, taking brunch in my city is a must at the weekend. Since I was a little girl, I always remember my mother preparing all-American waffles on Christmas morning. As if the presents were not enough motivation to jump out of bed, the sweet toasty & nutty smell gave me something to jump out of bed for. Every year was the same. Our family loves our traditions.
Besides our little family, there are various Christmas food traditions, varying from state to state. In Alabama & Idoha, no Christmas meal is complete without their infamous prime rib. On the contrary, Colorado enjoys a healthy apple & pineapple based salad. Whereas Ohio takes on an Italian classic, lasagne. I am still not too sure where that custom originates from!
Christmas food edible in Europe
Across continents, Europe offers some fairly conventional dishes for Christmas. Germany maintains the tradition of preparing a goose for the family. A tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, team the goose with cabbage, dumplings, and gravy. Likewise in the UK, they stuff a turkey, roast it, and serve with vegetables, roast potatoes, gravy, and commonly with Yorkshire puddings – a specialty that is absolutely specific to the UK.
While this may be true, the continent does bring some interesting delicacies to the table this Christmas. Poland has its pierogi dumplings, stuffed with pretty much anything. Cheese, meats, or even fruit. I boil these in water and pan-fry before serving. Although you would not normally associate dumplings with Christmas food, these are in fact very delicious. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the people of Norway serve up roasted sheep head. Being a little squeamish myself, this is not for me, but each to their own!
Appetizers you’ll find in Asia
My favorite discovery when looking into the various Christmas food norms across the world was in Japan. Japan doesn’t really celebrate Christmas all too much. Until KFC decided to start a marketing campaign showing families tucking into some fried chicken at Christmas. With their happy faces, family members crowded around the buckets filled with fried chicken, until this soon became the new Christmas food tradition. This was now what you should do at Christmas. I read that astonishingly around 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to the deep-fried delight on Christmas. So in demand, that it even sometimes has to be ordered in advance.
Poles apart, Christmas is a big event in the Philippines. A time to spend with family and feast on not a goose, nor a turkey, but a spit-roasted pig. Having traveled to the Philippines myself, I can assure you that this is a tradition that I could happily partake in as it is absolutely delectable!
From the finest meats to a KFC bargain bucket, each country has its own distinctive practices. However, we all have one thing in common. That Christmas food is to be devoured and enjoyed! A time to be surrounded by loved ones, enjoy delicious food, and overindulge in whatever food makes you happy!