Christmas is celebrated in many different ways around the world. Different cultures have different traditions, but there is one thing they all have in common: family and food. Here in the United States, Turkey, Ham, Pasta and Potatoes are common dishes at Christmas Dinner, but what about the rest of the world? Let’s take a look at what’s for dinner around the world on Christmas!

Christmas in Brazil

Brazilians celebrate Christmas very similarly to us here in the States. Turkey, vegetables and fruits are the main foods on the dinner table. Stollen, a German bread made with dried fruit is also common in Brazil on Christmas day.


Learn how to make Stollen here!

Christmas in the United Kingdom

Christmas dinner traditionally takes place early in the day in Great Britain. Goose is the main course with Brussel sprouts being the most common side dish. Once you finish your meat, it’s time for the Christmas pudding! The pudding has been a staple in the UK since Medieval times and is made with dried fruits, egg and suet.


Learn how to make Christmas Pudding here!

Christmas in Mexico

The Christmas celebration lasts 9 days in Mexico, and is capped off with a big family gathering on Christmas day. Oxtail soup is the traditional first course. Turkey, chili, beans, fresh fruits and vegetables round out the meal.


Learn how to make Oxtail Soup here!

Christmas in Germany

In Germany, goose is also the bird of choice. Carp is another common dish on Christmas Day. The aforementioned Stollen, the German fruitcake, is the desert of choice. Glühwein is a mulled wine made with red wine and spices, served warm on Christmas.


Learn how to make Glühwein here!

Christmas in Italy

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is a tradition in southern Italy. Italians fast from red meat on Christmas Eve, and replace it with fish dishes. Cod, smelt, calamari, shrimp, oysters and more make up the feast. The Italian Christmas cake called Panettone is a dry, fruity sponge cake often served with hot chocolate on Christmas.


Learn how to make Panettone here!

Try one of these international recipes at your holiday party this year! Have any holiday recipes you’d like to share with us? Post them in the comments below!

From all of us here at Sparkle, we want to wish you a happy holiday!