Christmas dinner is a meal traditionally eaten at Christmas. The actual meal consumed varies in different parts of the world with regional cuisines and local traditions. The meal shares some connection with the English Christmas dinner involving roasted meats and pudding of some description. Christmas dinner in the Philippines is called Noche Buena following Hispanic custom.
About Christmas dinner in brief
Christmas dinner is a meal traditionally eaten at Christmas. The actual meal consumed varies in different parts of the world with regional cuisines and local traditions. The meal shares some connection with the English Christmas dinner involving roasted meats and pudding of some description. In countries without a lengthy Christian tradition, such as Japan, the Christmas meal may be more heavily influenced by popular culture. Christmas dinner in the Philippines is called Noche Buena following Hispanic custom, and is held towards midnight of 24 December. This usually comes after the entire family has attended the late evening Mass called the Misa de Gallo. For dessert, a dish called bebinca is popular. The Kerala Christian community is the largest Christianity community in India. Keralians celebrate Christmas with midnight mass, Christmas carols and food. The dinner would usually be accompanied with tsokolate or hot cocoa, which is made with pure, locally grown cacao beans. A successful advertising campaign in the 1970s made eating at KFC around Christmas a national custom. Its chicken meals are so popular during the season that stores take reservations months in advance. Lebanese Christians celebrate Christmas dinners. Roast turkey is the most common choice of meal. Roasted duck, Lebanese salad and pastries such as Honey cake are common. Beirut celebrates Christmas by conducting glamorous and big Christmas parties. Western-style exhibitions of poinsettias, community Christmas trees and Christmas lights are very popular. Most families prefer to exchange presents after Christmas dinner, in contrast to the Western custom of opening presents on Christmas morning.
In Austria, especially OFWs, it is highly encouraged to return home for the occasion, as it is most important to return for the return of the Christmas presents after the dinner. The traditional offering for Christmas is sugar coated almonds. Roast chicken is a popular choice of food in the United States, with turkey being the most popular choice in the UK and Australia. The Christmas dinner is usually served on the night of the 24th and lunch of the 25th, and family gets together at both meals, and some have the leftovers from the dinner prior at the lunch the next day. Most of the food served on Christmas Eve are fresh and usually prepared during the day of Christmas Eve. This is usually a cured leg of pork, usually served with queso de bola, literally a ball of edam cheese covered in a red wax. Other ubiquitous dishes are pasta and for dessert, fruit salad. Most Filipino families would opt the organising of even a simple Nochebuena gathering despite financial difficulties. Less well-off families opt for a more economical gathering. This reflects the paramount importance in Filipino culture of familial unity and focus on the focus on Christmas. Most Filipinos prefer to focus on all socio-economic classes and ethnic groups that observe Christmas in most ethnic groups. In contrast to Western custom, in most European countries, most prefer to open presents on the right day of the year, the day after the Christmas holiday, rather than the day before.