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The traditional British Christmas dinner – How do other countries celebrate?

As the big day nears us, we thought we’d take a look at how other countries celebrate Christmas (feel free to take another look at our credit crunch busting Christmas dinner), some on Christmas Eve, some on Christmas Day.

Czech Republic – The traditional meal consists of fish soup, fried carp and potato salad followed by sweet biscuits.

France – Normally starts with oysters, smoked salmon, crab or lobster, then goose with chestnuts and stuffing and then traditional Christmas cake called “La Buche de Noel”.

Haiti – Fried pork or goat with spicy pickled carrots and cabbage and fried plantains followed by sweet potato, fig and banana pudding known as Pain Patate.

Romania – Stuffed vine leaves, sausages, black pudding and Cozonac (a Romanian Christmas cake).

Australia – Barbecues with seafood such as prawns and barbecued cuts of steak or chicken breasts, drumsticks and wings followed by a sweet called White Christmas.

Denmark – Roast Duck, served with potatoes, red cabbage and gravy, followed with a dessert of rice pudding, often with an almond hidden inside (like the sixpence in the UK).

Peru – Start with a tamale of fresh onion, tomato, lime and chilli sauce followed by turkey stuffed with ground beef meat and peanuts and decorated with fresh slices of pineapple and cherries, desserts includes marzipan, assorted bowls with raisins and almonds and other mixed fruit and nuts.

If you know any other ways of celebrating Christmas, leave a comment below.


  1. I love how different christmas dinners can be. All the christmas dinners listed here sound delicious, particularly the Danish christmas dinners. Just looking at that picture is making me hungry. This year I am organising an office christmas party and I needed some interesting ideas for some alternative christmas dinners. This has given me some interesting thoughts. Thanks.

  2. perhaps you’ll give the team a free lunch as a thanks ? :)

  3. I wouldn’t mind that, too, Lucy!

  4. Danish Christmas…. Hmmmm !

    I’m an ex-Brit living in Denmark,

    Christmas over here runs from Dec 1st and ramps up through the month with cakes bisquits, chocolate and mulled wine.

    Christmas is celebrated on the 24th and 26th and dinner is a big thing. However, its protien, protien and more protien and it stops your system for days.

    Starters are normaly raw herring and/or eel on rye bread, there are shed loads of different types of marinades the herrings come in (you either love it or hate it – my wife makes me raw herring in cold curry sauce for me, thats nice, but took some getting used to at first). Eating herring is like a national sport for Danes.

    The duck is roasted for hours (sometimes upto 6 hours) its stuffed with apples and prunes (and can be sweet), the cabbage is stewed until soggy with lots of sugar – most people buy it in a jar. The potatoes are normally out of a jar too! then coated in a very sweet caramelised sugar syrup. Halved apples are also served which have been stewed then topped with a sweet red gel (bit like raspberry jelly – but still in the solid form). The rice pudding is more like a sweet porridge, this can be fun – you get a gift if you find the almond. Then its biscuits and chocolate (70% cocoa minimum !) And of course wine, beer and booze throughout the evening.

    I’ve managed to sneak in parsnips to christmas dinner – it took years – Danes dont really do veggies.

    Then on the 26th – its Christmas lunch, more protien, fish and eels – which you have to drink wih snapps – as the fish has to swim in sometheing, rye bread, liver pate, roast pork, more snapps, cake, more snapps, biscuits, chocolate, beer, booze and coffee.

    So after Christmas in Denmark we always fly to the uk to give our digestive systems a well earned rest, but then its back for New Years Eve, and guess what happens then – more food !!!

    But Denmark has its good sides too – the weather is better for a start !

    So its time to hide the scales and wish you seasons greetings from Denmark :-)

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