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What Do You Eat For Christmas?  
User currently offlineZephyrus From Norway, joined Jan 2005, 23 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

As the A.Net community is an international one, it would be interesting to hear about the varying Christmas fare traditions from around the globe.
As for myself, I hail from Norway, where the most important day of Christmas is Christmas Eve (24th), being the first day of several familiar gatherings around the dinner table (and this being our day for the unwrapping of presents).

With respect to Christmas fare traditions, Norway is divided east-to-west, whereas the Eastern part of Norway enjoy what is called "Ribbe" (Loin rib of pork).

In my part of the country, Western Norway, most people swear by what we call "Pinnekjøtt" (salted and cured mutton ribs).

...both of which are traditionally washed down with "Juleøl" ("Christmas beer" darkish, malted beer) and Aquavit (Schnaps laced with caraway and other herbs.

So - what do YOU eat for Christmas? Bring it on!

Merry Christmas to all!

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User currently offlinembmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2700 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3053 times:

This year's menu:

Waldorf Salad

Prime Rib
Yorkshire Pudding
Roasted Potatoes and Root Vegetables
Green Bean Casserole

Cherry Pie

Likewise, Merry Christmas!

[Edited 2012-12-25 05:30:37]

User currently offlinePs762 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2012, 102 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3045 times:


Many thanks. Interesting to read. Of course if I was in Norway for Christmas I would have a Narvesen Hot Dog! I remember them fondly.

Here we have turkey with stuffing and yellow rice (rice with saffron). A kind of mix I guess.

Many thanks!

User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7747 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 3026 times:

We do the Turkey and Stuffing, Ham, Candied Sweet Potatoes on Thanksgiving at a big extended family gathering.

We used to do a standing rib roast on the grill for Christmas dinner, but now that the grandkids are getting to be teenagers, we just have extended snacks all day long - not a big dinner.

User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4608 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

Quoting Zephyrus (Thread starter):

Indeed, but there are also other tradittional typical christmas dinners in Norway. Read more about the variuous here:


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8939 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3018 times:

My girlfriend and I enjoyed a feast at a slightly upscale all-you-can-eat place.

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User currently onlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7428 posts, RR: 41
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2969 times:
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We had:

Tamales (pork, venison) with hot red sauce
Bacalao (salted codfish, portuguese style)
Roast Turkey
Lasagana Bolognese
Spinach Canelloni
Breaded praws
Tres Leches cake for dessert

The first two are what most Mexican families would have, add a leg of pork instead of the turkey. But since my mother hails from Argentina, from Italian ancestry, we have the rest.

Prawns, well, I always find an excuse to eat prawns!

[Edited 2012-12-25 10:51:23]

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 22469 posts, RR: 62
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

Jewish tradition is Chinese food.

User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 16460 posts, RR: 27
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2963 times:

Quoting Zephyrus (Thread starter):
What Do You Eat For Christmas?  

Whatever my grandmother has cooked. Probably something soaked in grease and/or butter.

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User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5975 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

Growing up, it was always turkey and dressing, but around our household these days, we tend to tamales. Good tamales are ample and eloquent proof that there is a God, and He loves us very much.

Sometimes throw in a ham, potatoes, smoked turkey, and tres leches cake for dessert.

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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 3773 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2943 times:

Lots of pork filet wrapped in thin bacon strips, and the whole stuff covered with puff paste. Yummm.


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User currently offlinezippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5651 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2861 times:

I'm Jewish so when I'm not working I do the in thing for us Jews on Christmas; graze on Chinese food!

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3677 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2825 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 8):
Whatever my grandmother has cooked. Probably something soaked in grease and/or butter.

Ha, that rings a bell! My gran loves to help, but her cooking is, frankly, awful. This year she was in charge of the stuffing and Christmas pudding, thankfully nothing too important.

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User currently onlineCPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6392 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2820 times:

On Christmas eve (which is when we celebrate Christmas), we had Flæskesteg (roast pork with a crisp crackling/rind), white & brown (caramelised) potatos and red cabbage. For dessert, we had the customary risalamande, which is basically a rice pudding mixed with whipped cream, chopped almonds and vanilla, and served with warm cherry sauce. A few whole almonds are thrown in and whoever finds that wins a small price (in my extended family, that has ranged from small toys to a lottery ticket for the kids, to doing the dishes or arranging a guided tour of Italian vinyards for the adults (that year, we had arranged to rent a vinyard in Italy for a joint summer holiday the following summer)).

The 25th we usually have a Julefrokost, or Yule lunch, which involves a lot of small dishes, warm and cold, served with plenty of wine, beer and snaps. As a result, everyone is usually too plastered to care for dinner, which is usually just some heated leftovers.

We usually drive home either late on the 25th or early on the 26th, depending on where we were staying. We had our christmas at my half-sisters this year, so I just took the train and bus home yesterday, an easy 25 minute ride.

User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3127 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2819 times:

We had hallacas (Venezuelan) earlier in the month, when me other half came to visit. These are DELISH! All the Irish relatives were raving about them  

For Christmas Day, I tried turkey & cranberry sauce, with stuffing, potatoes roasted in goose fat, carrots & peas, & potato croquettes.

I normally hate Christmas dinner cause the turkey always seems to go cold really quick!

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User currently offlinegocaps16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4404 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 2634 times:

Kentucky Fried Chicken...had reservations. 

User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 14439 posts, RR: 45
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 19 hours ago) and read 2626 times:
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Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 15):
Kentucky Fried Chicken


Quoting gocaps16 (Reply 15):
...had reservations.


We had: smoked salmon with a salad garnish for starter; roast turkey, roast potatoes, roast carrots & parsnips, sprouts with pancetta, peas & corn, home-made apricot, cranberry & almond stuffing, sausage meat, home-made cranberry sauce, gravy; followed by traditional Christmas pudding with brandy cream.

All prepared and cooked by my own fair hands!   

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User currently offlineconnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 18 hours ago) and read 2602 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
Jewish tradition is Chinese food.

Growing up in Winnipeg (large-ish Jewish community) I got invited over to then g.f.'s home on 'that' day .... yes ! Huge amounts of Chinese. I noted several dishes with shrimp in them. Not kosher ?  Wow!

This year, I was hosting. Current g.f. moved in Christmas Eve for a few days, with her 110 lb mastiff. Fortunately a good natured beast. Christmas brunch for the two (three ?) of us was prawn crepes with cheese sauce. Definitely diet food. Of course served with champagne. Mid afternoon when another couple came over, the rest of the prawns pan fried with garlic, plus perogies, sour cream, and crumbled bacon. A dry white wine to accompany.


Salad (endive & arugula, mainly)

Roast venison (infused with whole cloves of garlic, finished with rosemary)
Roast potatoes with hunter sauce
Mixed carrots & green beans (steamed)

Wine: Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva 2001 (Spanish Rioja, very full bodied)

Dessert: Jen made (did not buy) wildberry cheesecake (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries). Definitely diet food.

Afters: Irish coffee.

Needless to say, no one was driving that night. And a good time was had by all.

Hopefully everyone in A.netland had an enjoyable Christmas, and all the best for 2013 !

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