December 17, 2017

Christmas Dinner Traditions

Before I begin discussing food, I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Enjoy your holidays, be safe and see you back here in 2012!

As I am sitting here making my shopping list for our Christmas Dinner I started wondering what the traditional foods for Christmas Dinner are in Europe.

But first, I’ll tell you the traditional foods that are enjoyed in Casa Beardsley!  After all the shopping and wrapping is completed,  Christmas Eve starts off the holiday by sipping Mulled wine while enjoying Christmas Vacation 🙂  The next morning starts off with my husband’s sticky buns which have been rising all night and bake while we start opening gifts.  Dinner is Prime Rib, twice baked potatoes, brussels sprouts layered with Gruyere and Emmentaler cheeses and the best deviled eggs you’ll ever eat.  Dessert changes every year but this year will be Cherry Pie and Hot Chocolate Fudge Cakes!  Of course, the meal is served with wine.

Christmas Tree in Berlin Germany

Christmas Tree in Berlin Germany

Now here are a few traditional meals in Europe!

Austria favors goose, ham, gluhwein, rumpunsch (rum punch) and Chocolate Mousse.

Roasted Goose and Dumplings

Roasted Goose and Dumplings by Ekki01

Families in the Czech Republic enjoy fried carp, potato salad and special Christmas cookies.

Traditional Christmas meals in Denmark include roast pork, goose or duck, potatoes, red cabbage and plenty of gravy!  Dessert is rice pudding with cherry or strawberry sauce.  Christmas drinks are Glogg (mulled wine).

Smorgasboard Feast

Smorgasboard Feast by Anders Jonsson

If you’re dining in Finland you may find ham or fish, served Swedish Smorgasbord style, with bread, mustard, potatoes, carrots and rutabaga’s all washed down with Glogi (mulled wine).

Germans enjoy goose or carp although port or duck may be served accompanied by cabbage, potatoes and brussel sprouts.

The Irish meal sounds very familiar with turkey, ham, brussel sprouts, roast potatoes, stuffing and vegetables.

Glass of Akevitt, Akvavit or Aquavit

Glass of Akevitt, Akvavit or Aquavit by Vadakkan

In Norway, the traditional meal is focused on “Svineribb” whish is pork belly prepared with seasoning that allows for the right amount of ‘crackling’.  Side dishes include sauerkraut, red currant sauce, bread and akevitt to wash it down.  From personal experience, watch out for that akevitt!!!!

Boiled dry-salted codfish with cabbage, boiled potatoes, eggs, chickpeas and onions is tradition in Portugal.

Christmas Pudding from Britain

Christmas Pudding by Musical Linguist

Last but not least is the Britain where turkey with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, roast potatoes, brussel spouts, parsnips, carrots and Christmas pudding are standard fare.


What is your traditional Christmas dinner?

Merry Christmas to you All !!!!!!!!!

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  2. Oh my god these foods make me hungry !! whats that Dumplings never heard that before !! anyways have a great year ahead !! Happy new year !!

  3. learning other christmas traditions always gives us a certain kind of adrenalin rush!
    in the philippines we celebrate christmas by preparing home cooked meals passed down from generation to generation. my favorite is the traditional Quezo de Bola!

    Merry Christmas to you Debbie.
    Hope to see you on the road soon!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I agree, Christmas is all about family! Good food adds to the celebration too!

      Hope you had a great holiday!

  4. What an appetizing portrait you paint with these delectable traditional dishes!!! Yum. My favorite is EVERYTHING ITALIAN…but instead of fish, we prefer pastas and focaccia breads of all sorts!! Homemade of course!! Merry Christmas to you my dear friend and talk again in the new year!!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Yum Italian sounds good! Whatever you’re eating, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

      Looking forward to exploring more of Europe through you next year 🙂

  5. Margo says:

    shrimp and grits and crabcakes!!

  6. Adrian B. says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones, Debbie!
    For Christmas dinner we will have sarmale (cabbage leaves rolled around a filling of pork minced meat), pork sausages and cozonac (sweet bread with walnuts, cocoa and raisins), and will drink țuica (prune brandy) and red wine.

    Happy Holidays and see you in 2012!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Well your sarmale does sound really good! If I’m honest, some of the items listed weren’t too appetizing 🙂

      Merry Christmas to you too!

  7. marlys says:

    And to you and loved ones, Debbie!. Have a festive holiday!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I see you already have your family around and are celebrating! It is such a fun time of year; gathering together over food and drink 🙂

      Merry Christmas to your family too! See you next year.

  8. Mmmmm — everything sounds and looks great! My favorite Christmas dinner is turkey and all the trimmings, even though that’s what we have for Thanksgiving, too. Often, we have ham instead, but my fave is the bird!

    Merry Christmas, Debbie! I look forward to following European Travelista in 2012!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I do like turkey too especially with ALL the trimmings!

      Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year Cathy 🙂


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