If you are like me, or any other human on the planet over the age of twenty. You know that deep deep down Christmas is just all about the food. The turkey, the stuffing, pigs in blankets, crispy little roast potatoes all swimming around in rich gravy… yum yum yum. However, have you ever stopped and wondered how countries across the globe do Christmas, either their food or little quirky Christmas traditions?
Christmas isn’t a public holiday in China but in recent years one tradition that has been created is to share decorative apples with friends and family, most people carve a loving message into the apple, wrap it in bright paper, and gift it to friends and family. They are known as “peace apples” and are a way to show just how much you care about the health and well-being of someone. Isn’t that sweet.
Kentucky fried chicken anyone? With a very small Christian population, Japan does not have many Christmas traditions BUT it does have KFC. This fairly new tradition dates back to the 70’s when Japanese KFC started promoting KFC as a Christmas meal; it’s estimated now that 3.6million people across Japan take part in this new tradition! People have been known to book their Christmas KFC months in advance, so they don’t miss out.
Now Italy have a couple of different traditions but I guess it just comes down to what suits you and your family. So first up we have The Feast of Seven fishes, which is self-explanatory, but if you didn’t get it, it involves cooking seven fish dishes all in different ways. Two of the most traditional dishes are Calamari (battered squid rings) and Baccala (salted cod). However, the most known traditional Italian Christmas food has to be the Panettone, this tall sweet cross between a bread and a cake is a staple in Italian households around Christmas time, normally filled with sweet fruits, serve toasted alongside some cheese or even just rip a chunk off to nibble on.
La Rosca de Reyes or Roscón de Reyes is a Spanish and Latin American king's cake, traditionally eaten on January the 6th for Epiphany or you may know it as Three Kings Day. Which happens twelve days after Christmas, three kings day though is just as important as Christmas day, if not even more as this is the day where the children receive their presents. Baked and hidden inside the cake though is a special surprise…. A figure of baby Jesus! In addition, the lucky finder of the baby Jesus becomes Jesus ‘god parent’ for the year.