The 10 Types of Christmasses.

Here’s a running joke that often finds itself on the pages of social media:

Q: What do you normally get on Christmas?

A: Fat. I get fat on Christmas, or pregnant with food babies.

Hello, everyone! Sorry about the absence of posting for the last two days but while I don’t celebrate Christmas, my family and I did have a small gathering of our own and were busy preparing for a scrumptious dinner.

While we didn’t have roast turkeys and Christmas puddings, we did have roast chicken, roast pork, roast potatoes, grilled vegetables, and salad for our main course, washed down with a glass of Moët & Chandon champagne, and for dessert, mixed berries in sugar syrup, ice cream and orange-flavoured jelly. My mum even got each of us a Christmas present!

Today is Boxing Day, are you guys going to do anything special today? We aren’t but we do have a special title for today’s blog post. To keep up with the Christmas spirit, we are going to share some insights on how people around the world participate in the celebrations of this festive season, and how they prepare their plucked stuffed birds for the dining table.

Christmas is often classified and complemented with the American roast turkey, Christmas puddings, salad, and other manners of roasted side dishes. But what about the other countries? Surely there are Christians all over the world and they celebrate Christmas too, but not in the way of the American counterparts. With a little research, we shall touch a bit on the traditional Christmas customs in the European areas of the globe:

BRAZIL

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Rice accompanies the Christmas turkey in Brazil. | Photo by The Americanoid Blog.

Brazilians celebrate Christmas by having their turkey on the eve of Christmas, not in the traditional North American manner, which is accompanied mainly with rice, Brazilian nuts and a variety of fruits.

GERMANY

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Christmas stollen cake, a German delicacy. Photo by CoffeeCakes.com.

Germans often serve fruity Stollen cake with a glass of mulled wine known as Gluehwein. Stollen is a traditional German cake that is baked to have a hump as a symbolic sign of the humps of camels that carried the wise men to  see Jesus Christ.

FIJI

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A ‘lovo’ earth oven in Fiji. | Photo by My Holiday Centre.

For Christmas, the locals in Fiji will dine on banana-leaf wrapped fish, stuffed chicken, and pork made with a “Lovo”, an earth oven made from heavy stones.

ITALY

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The ‘Feast of Seven Fishes’ in Italy on Christmas. | Photo by Ciao Italia.

Italians are world-famous for their passion for food, and so they celebrate Christmas by making a meal known as the “Feast of Seven Fishes”. This feast features a variety of seafood items, from calamari and cod to clam and anchovies linguine.

FRANCE

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The French took Christmas up a notch by having oysters and foie gras. | Photo by HotelsClick.com.

Not to be outdone by their American neighbours across the North Atlantic Ocean, the French also prepare their version of a Christmas turkey, but instead of the American parsley, sage and thyme, the French birds could be stuffed with chestnuts and foie gras. Their side dishes usually feature other delicacies such as oysters and lobsters.

According to Listverse.com,

A réveillon is a long dinner held on the evenings preceding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The word “réveil” means “waking”, because participation involves staying awake until midnight and beyond. Common dishes include goose or duck liver (foie gras), oysters, smoked salmon, lobster, roasted duck, goose or turkey with chestnuts and stuffing, and for dessert, a traditional christmas cake called “La Buche de Noel” (Christmas log), a log-shaped, cream cake that comes in different flavours. The beverage served is traditionally Champagne. In Provence, the tradition of the 13 desserts is followed: 13 desserts are served including pompe à l’huile (a flavoured bread), dates, etc.

SWEDEN

The Swedish folk are known to celebrate Christmas with rice pudding (or Risgrynsgröt), where only one of the bowls will have an almond submerged in the middle of the pudding. The lucky person to have the bowl of rice pudding and hidden almond is known to have good luck for the rest of the year.

GREENLAND

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A unique Christmas in Greenland is only for the brave with iron guts. | Photo by Business Insider.

Christmas in Greenland is a little… unique, and one would have to have an acquired taste for what the locals prepare there for Christmas. The citizens in Greenland devour raw pieces of whale skin and blubber (known as Mattak), and uncooked meat of the Auk bird (known as Kiviak) which is stuffed into a seal carcass and buried for months until it decomposes.

Blog author: My stomach would dance, for sure, but not in the spirit of Christmas cheer.

EGYPT

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The koshari which Christians in Egypt eat on Christmas Day. | Photo by en.Kung Food.

The Egyptian Christians will follow a strict vegan routine three days before Christmas, and on the day itself, there will be a main staple diet of koshari, macaroni, rice, and lentils dish topped with a tomato-vinegar sauce.

ARGENTINA

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The Argentinians’ Christmas staple of veal drenched in tuna sauce sounds good. | Photo by Comedor Escolar.

The locals in Argentina will dine on veal in tuna sauce (Vitel Toné), turkey, pork, and bread on Christmas. Sometimes, these meals can also be enjoyed in a backyard-barbecue style.

FINLAND

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The ‘joulupoyta’ of Finland is the Swedish equivalent of a massive Christmas smorgasbord. | Photo by persblog.be.

The Finnish folk enjoy a massive smörgåsbord of food for Christmas, known as “Joulupöytä” which includes ham, bread, fish, various casseroles and vegetables, and mulled wine.

According to Listverse.com,

The term “Joulupöytä” means “Christmas table” in the Finnish language, and is the name of the traditional food board served at Christmas in the country. Similar to the Swedish smörgåsbord, the Finnish version contains many different dishes, most of them typical for the season. The main dish is usually a large Christmas ham and is eaten with mustard or bread along with other dishes. Fish is also served (often lutefisk and gravlax), and there are also laatikot, casseroles with liver and raisins, as well as potatoes, rice, and carrots. The traditional Christmas beverage is either alcoholic or non-alcoholic mulled wine (glögi in Finnish).

Thus concludes our little geographical session on how Christmas is celebrated worldwide. These are only ten countries out of the entire world map. There are many more countries out there which we are unable to cover, but if you’re interested to know more, all you have to do is consult Dr. Google, and he will be able to provide far better assistance than us.

The 10 countries are sourced from: Business Insider.

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