Christmas is celebrated in different ways around the world, but the one thing that makes it special in every country is food. Everywhere Christmas is celebrated, there are dishes that are synonymous with the holiday — so much that it’s not really Christmas without them.

We all know about roast turkey and plum pudding, but that’s only the start. There are countries where the favourite Christmas foods are things like oysters, hot chocolate with sweet bread and even codfish. In some countries there’s a traditional feast with a whole lineup of special dishes — not to mention one where the favourite food is a stuffed pig’s head!

So here’s a look at the delicacies that make Christmas what it is around the world.

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Paul Marshman
The Travelling Boomer’s travelling boomer, I’m a writer, photographer and traveller who lives in Toronto, Canada. I’m semi-retired from a 30-year career as a reporter and editor on Canadian newspapers, and travelling is my second career. So far I’ve seen 48 countries: before I die, I’d like to see them all. The Travelling Boomer is a place to find info on great destinations, tips on how to travel smart, cruise news and reviews, and a wealth of other resources designed to help the older traveller. And here and there you’ll find a few tall tales from me.