It is already past the half of December, so the winter holidays are just around the corner. Christmas is already knocking on our door; it is a period to be jolly and grateful for what we have. How can we show our appreciation better than slowing the pace down and taking the time to spend some precious moments together with our families?
On Christmas time, families get together for a special, festive meal. We thought it could be interesting to see what the traditional Christmas dishes and drinks in various countries around the world are.
Chilean people eat roasted turkey on Christmas day and drink an eggnog style beverage made of champagne and pineapple ice-cream, as well as a traditional beverage made of strong alcohol, milk, coffee, vanilla and cloves. As for the dessert, it is composed of a Christmas sponge cake containing raisins, almonds, walnuts and candied fruit.
In some countries, people eat chicken for Christmas, in others, they eat turkey or pork, but in Germany, the traditional meat for Christmas is the roasted goose and the weisswurst, a white sausage with veal and bacon, and flavored with spices such as cardamom and ginger. In Southern Germany, they usually eat smoked ham with potato salad for Christmas Eve’s dinner.
As for the sweets, they include gingerbread houses decorated with candies and white sugar icing, fruitcake with raisins, dried fruit, raisins, almonds and walnuts, and spiced with cardamom and cinnamon. Most of the times, the core of this cake is made entirely of sweet marzipan. During Christmas time, Germans drink mulled wine with rum-soaked sugar loafs, which are set on fire, in order for the rum to drip into the wine. This drink is traditionally served both for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The traditional meats for Christmas include: chicken, ham and curry goat, together with a rice and peas side dish. The Jamaican dessert for the winter holidays is a heavy black fruitcake, made with dried fruit and two sorts of alcohol – the traditional Jamaican alcoholic drink – rum and wine. The cake is accompanied by hot tea with rum, spiced with ginger.
Unlike other people, who eat one type of meat for Christmas, the Spaniards eat several types of meat – roasted turkey and lamb, Spanish dried-cured ham, as well as seafood – prawns, shrimps, lobsters and various fish.
They have a wide range of Christmas sweets, such as: nougat, crumble cakes; Spanish people also like their almonds and marzipan cakes for Christmas, and egg-based desserts.
We found all these desserts mouth-watering and would gladly try them all. Where would you want to spend your Christmas and try specific dishes?
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