The traditions at dinner might vary in different countries, but the holiday meal is generally marked by an abundance of food. Here are a few examples.
AUSTRALIA: Similar to the traditional English version, but meats such as ham, turkey or chicken are sometimes served cold. Why? Because in December, Australians are trying to beat the heat during their summer!
CZECH REPUBLIC: A typical Christmas dinner would be fried carp and potato salad, with elaborately decorated Christmas cookies baked days in advance to offer to the holiday guests.
FRANCE: The French celebrate by staying awake through a long dinner which lasts all night, leading up to Christmas day. Common dishes include foie gras (goose or duck liver), oysters, smoked salmon and turkey.
PHILIPPINES: The centerpiece of the Filipino feast is the Christmas ham, which is usually served with a ball of cheese coated in red wax called Edam, named after the Dutch town where it originates. Hot cocoa is a popular drink that comes with dinner.
ENGLAND: Roast turkey and other poultry like goose, chicken or duck is served, along with meats such as roast beef and ham. In Medieval England, the main course was either peacock or boar, until the French introduced turkey in the 18th century.