What will the rest of the world be eating this Christmas?

So to a lot of people Christmas isn’t Christmas without the turkey (in our family our Christmas tradition resolves around salad – but that is a whole different story). But what does Christmas dinner mean to the rest of the world?

Italy

The feast of seven fishes – so not actually eaten on Christmas day, this is a Christmas Eve tradition, but it is a feast of 7 (and sometimes more) different seafood dishes. After a feast like this will there still be room for Turkey tomorrow?

The feast of seven fishes
The feast of seven fishes

Greenland

Mattak. Raw whale skin and blubber – a delicacy eaten on Christmas day in Greenland. (All of a sudden my salad seem so bad does it?)

Raw whale skin and blubber
Raw whale skin and blubber

South Africa

BBQ’ing your Christmas dinner. Although South Africa is not the only nation to enjoy a BBQ on Christmas day – other countries enjoying the Christmas BBQ include Argentina and Australia and probably a lot of the Southern hemisphere. If there is no chance of snow then a BBQ is a good compromise.

BBQ’ing your Christmas dinner
BBQ’ing your Christmas dinner

Ghana

Fufu – corn porridge, orka stew, rice and a yam. Traditionally eaten with your hands. (This looks it will take a lot of skill to not go hungry.)

Fufu – corn porridge, orka stew, rice and a yam
Fufu – corn porridge, orka stew, rice and a yam

Japan

KFC – That is correct – KFC has become such a popular Christmas day meal that people have started to place their Christmas day KFC orders in October, that doesn’t sound like fast food at all.

KFC Christmas Dinner
KFC Christmas Dinner

Iceland

The Christmas bird is a little bit different in Iceland – a traditional Christmas dish would be a smoked Puffin.

Puffin
Puffin

Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine

Another Christmas Eve feast is the 12 dish Christmas eve supper (’supper’ seems a little modest here, the Italians call their 7 dishes a feast ) eaten in many Eastern Europeans countries. 12 vegetarian meals will be served – each meal is to represent one of the 12 apostles.

12 dish Christmas eve supper
12 dish Christmas eve supper

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