International Recipes and Cooking Around the World

Christmas: Recipes and Traditions

Christmas gingerbread house

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The celebration of Christmas takes place on December 25th every year. It commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians consider the Son of God and Savior of mankind. Favorite Christmas traditions include exchanging gifts with family and friends, lighting and decorating Christmas trees, singing carols, drinking eggnog and baking all manner of sweets and treats.

Christmas food traditions vary widely around the world. Puerto Ricans make pasteles. Germans roast goose or duck. The British prefer roast turkey. And Mexicans steam enormous batches of tamales.

Traditions differ from family to family, but a typical Christmas Eve dinner is a relatively simple affair, sometimes followed by nighttime church services. Gifts are exchanged on Christmas morning, followed by a large family meal.

International Christmas Recipes


Lefse (Norwegian potato flatbread)

(Norwegian potato flatbread)


Cioppino (American West Coast fish and seafood stew)

(American West Coast fish and seafood stew)


Two ghapamas ready to serve

(Armenian rice-stuffed and baked whole pumpkin)


Aquavit (Swedish herb-infused vodka)

(Swedish herb-infused vodka)

Stekt Gås

Swedish roast goose

(Swedish roast Christmas goose with pan gravy)


Panforte (Italian Christmas honey fruitcake)

(Italian Christmas honey fruitcake)


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