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Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner is the main meal traditionally eaten on Christmas Day. Despite usually being called "Christmas Dinner", in many countries, including Britain, it is usually eaten around the middle of the day (or early afternoon) at lunch time.

In most countries, turkey is usually the main dish and centerpiece of the table, although other dishes vary widely.
  • In Britain, Christmas dinner is usually roast turkey with gravy and cranberry sauce, roast potatoes, stuffing (known in the USA as dressing), with Winter vegetables such as Brussels sprouts. This is sometimes accompanied with pork sausage and bacon. For dessert, Christmas pudding and brandy butter. It is also traditional to pull Christmas crackers during Christmas dinner.

  • In the USA, many Christmas customs have been imported from Britain, and so Christmas dinners tend to roughly similar. There are of course many American favorites such as pumpkin pie, green beans, corn, as well as dishes popular in particular regions: turkey teriyaki in Hawaii, oysters and ham pie in Virginia. and so on.

  • In many countries, a special meal is traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve, either instead of, or in some cases as well as, the special meal on Christmas Day:

    • In Germany, the traditional Christmas Eve meal is roast carp.

    • In the Czech Republic, it is traditional to eat fish soup and breaded roasted carp with potato salad.

    • In Italy, a fish dinner is traditional.

    • In Poland, Lithuania and the Ukraine, it is traditional to eat a 12 course supper representing the 12 months of the year. There are some differences between the dishes that are included in the meals in each of these countries, but in all the countries, no meats, eggs or milk are allowed in the supper.

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