Christmas Food Around the World



  • Christmas is fast approaching. As you prepare for your next holiday trip abroad, don’t forget to look into the various mouthwatering Christmas dishes you’ll surely look forward to as you enjoy a foreign land’s festivities. Besides, the holidays are not complete without that big Christmas feast.

    Lutefisk of Sweden

    This dish dates back to the Vikings. They are known to eat this one of a kind food. They brought a lot of these with them back then according to history. Lutefisk is an air-dried fish preserved with lye. This food preservation method has been done years and years ago making it also a valued tradition from the past. Eating this during the Christmas season is not just an acquired taste, it also shows great appreciation of culture. Lutefisk is also common in Norway and Finland.

    Meatless dishes of Ukraine

    Although December 25th was recently declared as a public holiday in the country, Christmas is mostly celebrated in Ukraine on January 7 following the Julian Calendar. Ukrainians follow a lot of age-old traditions here that keeps them close to their faith. Among these is their great affinition to Saint Nicholas and gift giving plus singing Christmas carols during this season.

    They also practice their faith by strictly following fasting prior to Christmas. On January 6, their Ukrainian Christmas Eve, 12 meatless meals are prepared to show their penance for their sins. This also symbolizes the 12 disciples of Jesus Christ. Some of these traditional dishes are stewed cabbage, Borsch (Beet Soup), Holubtsi (cabbage rolls), Herring, Varenyky (vegetable dumpling), Mushroom Soup, Ukranian Christmas bread, Pyrizhky (cabbage buns), dried fruit compote, Haricot salad and peas. But the most popular one is Kutia or God’s dish. A kind of porridge with wheat grains, poppy seeds, nuts, and honey.

    Kidney Bean Soup of Indonesia

    Enjoy Kidney Bean Soup on December 25 in Indonesia. Locally known as Sup Brenebon, this broth comes with kidney beans and vegetables. This food was brought by the Dutch during the colonial times. The Dutch influence can be clearly seen for “bruin bonen” in the latter’s language means brown or red beans. Over the years, Indonesians have enhanced its flavor making it their own.

    Doro Wat and Injera of Ethiopia

    Ethiopia also celebrates Christmas on January 7. Although Santa Claus is not as big here as in other countries, rest assured that Ethiopians have their own version of Christmas. Gift giving is not usual on Christmas day rather they concentrate on professing their faith in different ceremonies. They also wear a white Netela, a scarf with colored stripes at the ends.

    But what is common with Ethiopian Christmas and the rest of the world is food. Ethiopians prepare Doro Wat, a traditional chicken stew with vegetables and spices. It is accompanied by a flat bread called Injera which they use to scoop Doro Wat as they eat with their families. This dish is also important to Ethiopian culture because of the use of slow-cooked onions for a very, very long time which is a different cooking technique as compared to other regions with the same kind of dish.

    Christmas Eggnog of USA

    Having Eggnog, an egg and milk-based beverage with a hint of rum or bourbon in the states had been popular since the 1700s. Although this drink can also be served cold, the story of Eggnog began during the early winters where people would enjoy a hot dairy beverage. Nowadays, from Thanksgiving to New Year, the demand for Eggnog in the United is very high for it is commonly served in holiday parties with family and friends.