Food and the City: How The World Celebrates Christmas: Foodie Edition

November 25, 2016

How The World Celebrates Christmas: Foodie Edition

With Christmas fast approaching, the festivities around the world are starting to begin. It seems to be, that as soon as Halloween finishes, the new Christmas d├ęcor comes out in a full force. And if you’re a fellow foodie, there is no better time than Christmas.
It’s a time when you can well and truly stuff your face, while having little to no guilt about it. Seconds, thirds, and multiple desserts become apart of your everyday meal plan. You’re a champion eater. A warrior. A true Christmas hero, if I may? You go out, buy cocktails (link) most expensive alcoholic drinks, get a bit merry and enjoy the festivities around you.
With tradition being such a big part of the seasonal event, it had me thinking. Just what sorts of foods are being shared across the world?

The Feast of Seven Fishes – Italy
Although not served on Christmas day, The Feast of Seven Fishes is an Italian tradition stemming back to commemorate the wait for Jesus’s birth. Very common in Southern Italy and Italian-American households, the dish originates from the Roman Catholic tradition of meat abstinence. There can be as many as 10 different sea food dishes served, along with pastas and vegetables. If you don’t have any Italian friends in your life, go find one immediately so you can crash their holiday and partake in this once a year foodie event.

Fried Chicken – Japan
There are almost no turkeys in Japan, meaning they have been unable to adopt the Western customs of the world. In an attempt to compensate, some people in Japan have a tendency to order bucketful’s of KFC chicken in order to fulfil their FOMO. As a way of avoiding Christmas Eve queues, there is now the option to even pre-order the fried chicken. The American chain has become so popular; it records its highest sales each year during the seasonal period.

Chicken Bone Candy – Canada
Despite sounding absolutely gross (sorry Canada), these delicious Christmas bites actually don’t contain any chicken bones at all. Since the 1880’s, chicken bone candy has been made from an intensely dark chocolate core, coated in a cinnamon crust and enjoyed by Canadians alike. Around 700 million pieces have been produced ever since Frank Sparhawk thought of this creative idea.

Carp – Poland
Instead of turkey, it is carp that takes the centrepiece of the Polish Christmas dinner. The main meal is kept alive in buckets or baths ready to be prepared on Christmas Eve. The scales are delicately removed, with the body deboned, salted and then slowly fried in olive oil. The dish is very popular across Easter Europe with the Czech Republic having a very similar tradition.

Part Food Platters – Brazil
The feast of Christmas in Brazil actually falls on the 24th with platters of ham, roast turkey, pork and fish often served. Along with the variety of meats, the Brazilians serve kale, nuts, rice, potato salads. It kind of reminds me of the final scene in How The Grinch Stole Christmas. When they are all pigging out on a feast and The Grinch is wearing is Holiday Cheermeister Award and it's like, the happiest thing ever? Right. Big high fives if you know what I’m talking about.

BBQ – Australia
Australian Christmas dinners are relatively similar to the English and American, however, with the festivities falling in the summer, meats such as ham, turkey and chicken are usually served cold. Prawns, lobsters, crayfish and oysters have also become the most common seafood’s to get a look in on the big day. Think: A Very Merry Christmas BBQ. I can get down with that.

With so many different traditions around the world, it would have been impossible to mention each one, but if you get a chance to try something a little bit different, why not go for it?
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