Check out these international food traditions, and if you have one to share, please do so!
Australia – In Australia, it's summertime in December, and many Australians have outdoor barbecues or pack cold picnic lunches to eat outside. Still, many Australians serve up a traditional hot Christmas roast.
England – Brussels spouts are a common vegetable eaten at a traditional English Christmas dinner.
Ethiopia – In Ethiopia, the Christmas meal is called wat, which is a spicy, thick stew with meat and vegetables. It's eaten with injera, a sourdough flatbread that also serves as a utensil.
France – The buche de Noel got its start in France. The dessert shaped like a Yule log shaped is filled with buttercream.
Greece – Pomegranates have symbolic value for some people in Greece. Some people hang this fruit above their door for good luck.
Italy – The traditional main dish at Christmas Eve dinner in Italy is fish or another kind of seafood is served along with other meatless dishes.
Mexico – In Mexico, Candlemas marks the end of the Christmas season in February. Tamales, corn dough filled with meat or cheese then steamed in corn husks, are served on Candlemas.
Netherlands – In the Netherlands, most children receive their presents on St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6. On St. Nicholas Eve, a letterbanket is on the menu which is a cake in the shape of the first letter of your family's last name.
Spain – Almond soup is on the Christmas menu in many Spanish homes.
Sweden – Dec. 13 is St. Lucia's day in Sweden. The oldest daughter in each household dresses in white and leads the other children around the house. The oldest daughter serves coffee and sweets to members of her household with the help of younger siblings.
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