Christmas meals vary from region to region. The Germans prepare their Christmas meals traditionally in a different manner and so do the American’s. Christmas dinners are usually primary meals that are eaten during the Christmas evenings and Christmas day. The Indians are observed to cook Biryani’s and kheer for their Christmas, while the Lebanese are observed to cook roasted turkey.
The cooking traditions vary. Few traditions follow the Christmas meal on 24th night, and few traditions follow it on the 25th night. The Germans are observed to serve roasted turkey’s and side dishes like roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts, red cabbage. One thing that is observed in common is the Christmas cake and pastries & various forms of breads that include fruit breads and fruitcakes.
Food is just one way of celebrating an occasion. It is an important part of celebration for every festival. Different countries use different methods of cooking to help celebrate the occasions like Christmas and new year eve. The Traditional Christmas sweets are:
- France : Pudding
- Canada : Doughnuts and Pie
- Germany : Liqueur chocolates and Gingerbread biscuits
- Russia: a feast of 12 dishes
- Spain: A bunch of 12 grapes that are meant to be put in mouth all together
- Scotland: scones
- China: Chestnuts & fish
- Korea: Soups
Food shares a common ground. No matter if it’s a different culture, only the pattern of cooking differs, the joy of celebration remains common.
Traditionally people were not allowed to cook meat on the 24th night. The traditional dinner consisted of spaghetti with clams & marinated vegetables and for desserts it included a roasted almond pastry. Earlier the Christmas day that is the 25th always began with a chicken soup, followed by pasta like dish. In the evening the real celebration used to be made with pastry of almonds or stuffed chocolates. Only after the meal, the presents were opened which used to be placed under the Christmas trees.
What holds importance is coming together and celebrating every part of the day. The traditional dishes are no more prepared but the occasion is still celebrated with the same enthusiasm.
Christmas holds the largest importance for the Irish people & hence their celebration is done differently. The Irish call Christmas as “Little Christmas.”
Their meals include a variety of round cakes, filled with caraway seeds. Traditionally for every member in the house it’s made individually. Their meal includes turkey & apart from that it includes beef that is spiced over several days, cooked & then pressed over. This could be served warm or cold.