What do you eat for christmas
What do you eat where for Christmas?
In Germany statistically more than 60% of households have sausages and potato salad on the table and the roast is on the 1st public holiday. After the sausages there is a gift giving and afterwards you stay “in the family” or go to the Christmas mass. It is often different with our neighbors: in many countries, fasting is an old tradition in front The birth of Christ eats vegetarian dishes and fish dishes at midnight, only then can you continue with meat. This is particularly evident in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Hungary.
In Poland Everything is very Christian on Christmas Eve. The whole day is fasted, and the family only gets together for Christmas dinner in the evening. When the first star has risen in the sky, a feast can begin, which traditionally consists of 12 dishes (memory of the 12 apostles). As a sign of hospitality, however, you put on one more place setting than required - in the event of unexpected visitors. Then the Christmas wafers, large angular baking wafers with an embossed picture, are divided - as a sign that the family wants to share life with each other and as a gesture of love and reconciliation and one wishes a "Merry Christmas". While eating together, the children hope to find a coin under their plate. After the meal, the presents are given ...
In Czech Republic one should also fast all day. Then - as with us on Christmas Eve (which is called “Štedrý vecer” - the “Plentiful Evening”) - gifts brought by “Ježíšek”, the Christ Child, are brought to one another. The traditional festive meal on Christmas Eve is carp with potato salad. If. According to tradition, if you have been good all day and really have an empty stomach, you can have a “Zlaté prasátko“to see a golden pig as a symbol of luck ...
In Hungary the family meets on Christmas Eve to set up the Christmas tree, which is then decorated with filled chocolates and sweets - the so-called salon sugar - wrapped in colored tinfoil paper. After the Christ Child - Jézuska in Hungarian - has brought the presents for the family, they eat. The traditional fish soup and then Bejgli, a yeast roll filled with nuts or poppy seeds, which should also not be missing at Christmas, should not be missing at the festive dinner that follows.
in the Area of influence of the Orthodox Church meat is traditionally not eaten on Christmas Eve: traces of it can be found almost everywhere east of the Adriatic (Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Albania, Greece ...) - seafood, fish soup, lentils or various types of bread are eaten here.
in the United Kingdom Christmas customs are romantic - somehow the world of a Charles Dickens always arises ... on Christmas Eve you sit together and drink punch. There are gifts during the night, but they are only unpacked on the morning of Christmas Day. The festive dinner is only served after the Queen's Christmas speech. The traditional Christmas meal is turkey and for dessert either a sweet mince pie or Christmas pudding (plum pudding). Coins are often hidden in it as a surprise for the children. Boxing Day is called Boxing Day. This has nothing to do with sport, but with small boxes: In the past, employees and suppliers received a Christmas box with gifts for their efforts in the past year, today people give a good tip
In France and in many French-speaking regions (southern Belgium, Switzerland, in the Canadian Quebec) a long and very lavish Christmas dinner with oysters, lobsters and snails is held in the old tradition after giving presents. Under no circumstances should the stuffed goose liver be missing as a delicacy. Wine is drunk cold - mulled wine is only available in Alsace. Also traditional the next day is turkey with walnuts and served with spiced bread or cream cake as a dessert. Dates are also popular as an ingredient or dried dessert - a holdover from the colonial era in the Arab regions.
In Italy Much has changed in the last century. Today, for the big family festival on Christmas Eve, the gifts are brought by "Gesû bambino" (Christ Child). In the past, the gifts for children were only given on Epiphany. Until the gift is given, only cakes (pannetone) are eaten, seafood is also allowed. Only after attending the Christmas mass together, from midnight, are lentils traditionally eaten as a feast in many places, the shape of which represents a financial blessing. There is also zampone (stuffed pig's foot) or cotecchino (boiled pork sausage) and a strong red wine.
Portugal stands entirely in Christian tradition. There is a Christmas tree and the common attendance of the Christmas mass at midnight. The traditional celebratory meal is fried stockfish balls, followed by bacalhau (stockfish with potatoes and cabbage) and for dessert the very sweet king cake Bolo rei - baked with port wine and decorated with nuts and candied fruits.
On Christmas Eve gathers in Spain (to the “Noche Buena”) the whole family for a dinner in which the Christmas specialty “Turron” - made from roasted almonds, sugar, honey and eggs - is the most important dish. After dinner there is a kind of Christmas lottery: the “urn of fate” is put on the table, in which there are many small gifts, but also rivets. Everyone can draw until they have received a present.
In Norway Christmas is especially a family celebration. After the Julbord (Christmas buffet) with colleagues, you eat lamb or ribs at home on Christmas Eve. On the second holiday, however, it's time to party - you go out to eat and drink with friends!
Christmas in Sweden actually starts with the Lucia Festival on December 13th. On Christmas Eve, the whole family sits in front of the TV at 3 p.m., when Donald Duck traditionally opens the actual Christmas season. Then follows the rich Christmas buffet Julbord with smoked salmon, filled eggs and cold roast, warm Köttbullar (meatballs) and mushrooms - as a bow to fertility. Then you unpack the presents and go to church.
With our neighbors in Denmark the living room is decorated for Christmas on December 24th and then the Christmas dinner - often roast duck or goose - is served. For dessert there is Christmas groats with a hidden almond in them. Anyone who finds this almond will receive a present. Yes, just like in the children's book "Where Santa Claus lives ”. For the trolls and gnomes, however, an extra portion of grits is placed in the attic. You never know…
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