5 Traditional Christmas Foods from Around the World

5 Traditional Christmas Foods from Around the World

Carols, gifts, Santa, fun and frolic – well, Christmas is definitely all this, but most importantly it is about good cheer and great food. This Christmas, try something different. Treat your taste buds with traditional Christmas foods across the globe and celebrate.

From Canadian Butter tarts to Belgian Cougnou, Cuban Crema De Vie to French Bûche de Noël, German Stollen to Spanish Jamón, the list of Christmas foods from around the world is assorted and myriad. Here are 5 traditional Christmas foods from various parts of the world.

1. Ireland

In Ireland, Christmas is big celebration, so is the food on that day. Almost similar to United Kingdom, the Irish Christmas feast mainly includes roasted root vegetables, roast potatoes, ham, turkey, pudding and brandy butter. Beginning with starters like smoked salmon or prawns, soup or melon, the typical Irish feast is followed by main course items including roast turkey or goose and ham, along with bread stuffing. Popular choices for desserts include pudding with sherry sauce, mince pies or Christmas cake.

2. Iceland

If you are in Iceland or you want to try an Icelandic Xmas food this season, gear up for a splendid festive meal. On Christmas Eve, you can find tables adorned with traditional foods, puffin and a specially designed flatbread. Enjoy Jólagrautur, a dessert that is spiced and sweetened rice pudding. The day before Christmas, it is customary to prepare a meal of fermented skate and boiled potatoes.

3. Finland

Finnish Christmas is a great celebration of food and fun. Traditional display of Christmas food spread called Joulupöytä, akin to the Swedish Smorgasbord is sure to tickle your taste buds. From potato casserole and gravlax (freshly salted salmon) to rosolli (salad from boiled beetroots, carrots, potatoes, apples and pickled cucumber), caviar, herring, olives, and variety of cheeses, one look at the Christmas table itself fills your stomach.

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