Another year is nearly gone, and we wish everyone a very happy Christmas holiday time. It is traditionally the time of year to indulge so here is a list of what people across the world will typically be enjoying.
- often consists of cold ham and turkey, seafood, salads, trifle and pavlova to suit the summer warmth. This feast is served up on Christmas Day. To snack on, Aussies love nothing more than a delicious mince pie. Other treats include rum balls, gingerbread and Christmas pudding.
- on Christmas Eve, the extended family join together for roast turkey stuffed with ground beef and peanuts and decorated with fresh slices of pineapple and cherries. The turkey is served with roast potatoes and apple sauce. After dinner Peruvians will get stuck into panettone and a cup of thick hot chocolate.
- Christmas dinner in the UK is usually served around 3pm and consists of roast turkey, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, pigs in blankets (chipolatas wrapped in bacon), stuffing and cranberry sauce. The meal is finished with plum pudding and brandy butter, in which a lucky penny can be found. When cooking the pudding, it is also customary for every member of the family to stir the mixture clockwise while making a wish.
- since Turkey is the mainstay for Thanksgiving dinner, many American’s choose to serve ham or roast beef instead at Christmas time. Sides generally include corn, pumpkin and green beans. For dessert, a pumpkin pie is usually served along with sugar cookies and mince pies. In regions with strong cultural heritage there are some variations.
- there are plenty of local delicacies to be had at Christmas in Greenland including ‘mattak’, whale skin with a strip of blubber inside, and ‘kiviak’, raw flesh of auks (an arctic bird) which have been decomposing while buried in seal skin for several months. More palatable options include ‘suaasat’ (soup), barbecued caribou, fish, and Danish pastries. It is tradition for men to serve food to women on Christmas night, even stirring their meals for them.
In Southern Italy and Italian-American regions, Christmas Eve is associated with the “Feast of the Seven Fishes”. A typical seafood feast will include anchovies, whiting, lobster, sardines, dried salt cod, squid and mussels. This is served with pasta, vegetables, fried kale patties and homemade wine.