Christmas Dinner Across the World
It’s that time again: the shelves fill with advent calendars and Lynx gift sets, and people begin the stressful task of Christmas shopping to prepare for the big day.
But what is the best of Christmas? If you ask someone, they will probably say they eat all the food. Oh, the food! Your mother takes out the salted KP peanuts, the assorted cookie jar, and the box of celebrations she’s been hiding in the closet for three months. And the waist naturally expands!
If you do not count the days until it’s time to devour your Christmas dinner, are you human at all? It is the only time of year in which it is socially acceptable to drink alcohol after waking up, to swallow pigs in blankets (heaven on earth) and to eat an unattractive amount of fried potatoes. Do not judge.
Whether you’re traveling for Christmas or just enjoying a traditional dinner of a different culture, here are some of our favorites / the craziest we could find around the world.
Christmas dinner in Japan
It’s no secret that Japan is crazy and likes to make things a little different from the rest of the world, but the Christmas dinner is delicious. Three words: fried chicken. The Japanese are crazy about a family costume from KFC. It is so popular that in some chains the special dinner has to be ordered in advance. We can not decide if it’s awesome or just wrong.
Christmas dinner in Italy
Another for the Pescetarians out there, Italy, serves a feast of seafood. Traditionally, the feast of the seven fish is served on Christmas Eve. Why? Because the Roman Catholic tradition is to forego meat the day before a feast day. Fair enough.
Christmas dinner in Australia
Obviously the heat in Australia’s midsummer is just too much to have a turkey dinner at Christmas, so it’s BBQ. Everyone should at least once a hot Christmas experience. It’s very special to relax on the beach and watch the waves dive into burgers and BBQ seafood on Christmas day. Throw another shrimp on the Barbie, Bruce!
Christmas dinner in Norway
Ah, Norway. Land of epic fjords, Vikings and some of the most beautiful roads in the world. Oh yes, and the traditional sheep’s head for dinner. “Smalahove” is prepared for two days, served with potatoes and turnips (Sweden) and eaten on the Sunday before Christmas. Guess we’re alright, thanks.
Christmas dinner in South Africa
We all love South Africa. How could you not? There are great wines, some cool caves and a beach dedicated to penguins. But their traditional Christmas meal with fried worms is a bit too unorthodox. Try to get out of this.
Christmas dinner in the Czech Republic
The Czechs confused it by eating freshwater carp on Christmas Eve. Carp can be bought dead by carp vendors, but traditionally it should be bought live a few days before the 24th. People will then run home, fill the bath and yep, you guessed it, put the poor fish in to keep it fresh. It becomes the family’s new pet until it can be consumed. This is a funny Christmas.
Christmas dinner in Russia
This may be the strangest tradition of Christmas dinner: Selyodka Pod Shuboy or “herring under a fur coat”. Yes, you read that correctly. Basically, it is a multi-layered dish made of potatoes, herring, carrots, beets, and mayonnaise, topped with a grated egg. A bit of a bite, just not.
Whether you’re away this Christmas or spending it escaping Aunt Trish’s sloppy kisses, Merry Christmas, you filthy beast!