Traditional Christmas dishes around the world

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Christmas is next month. The street are full of Christmas decorations and ambiance. What type of Christmas dinner does each country have?

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British Mince Pie


It comes with baked pie dough, dried fruits, spices, and sweet mint. There’s a long history of this pie. Initially, the minced meat was inside, but over time, this pie became a sweet pie. There is a custom that if you eat a mince pie every day for 12 days from the day after Christmas, you will be lucky in the new year.

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France Bûche de Noël


In French, “Buche” means logs, “Noel” means Christmas. It looks like a log, which means burning up any bad luck that’s been worst all year round and wishing happiness. Nowadays, they also have Buche Noel Ice Cream.

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Stollen, Germany

This cake is more suitable for adults than for children. White wine is mixed in the dough. Inside, there are dried fruits or Mazipans. It has white sugar powder on the outside. In Germany, a few weeks before Christmas, they usually make Stollen ahead of time. Allegedly, that’s pretty hard to do. Thus, it is advisable to purchase the final product.

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USA Turkey, Eggnog

In the USA, they usually prepared Christmas dishes a month ago. In the United States, turkey is consumed on Thanksgiving too. There’s not much time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so they eat turkey at Christmas as well. Records say deer meat and wild ducks have been eaten instead of turkey in the past. On Christmas Day, they share a roasted turkey dish with their family. Eggnog is a cocktail drink blended with milk, eggs, brandy, and rum.

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Canada, butter tarts and Brussels sprouts

Butter tarts are a thin pastry filled with butter, sugar, syrup, and eggs. You may also add nuts or raisins to this butter tart. Brussels sprouts are green vegetables that help you stand up to the cold Canadian winter. 

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Czech republic, Grilled Carp


In the Czech Republic, there is a myth that carp bring good luck. So you can see a lot of people shopping for carp over the holidays

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Australia Pavlova


Pavlova is a cake with a soft inside and a crispy outside. It contains fruits such as grilled meringue and raspberry.

Words by Jieun Heo (Julie)

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