Christmas dinner around the world

Christmas dinner around the world: From worms to KFC

A traditional Christmas dinner in the UK is made up of turkey, potatoes and vegetables.

This will be served with side dishes such as stuffing and pigs in blankets, along with heaps of gravy and cranberry sauce.

However, it is a different story in households around the world, with people abroad feasting on everything from kale stew to herring cake on Christmas Day.

Here are five of the strangest Christmas meals around the world.


KFC, or Kentucky Fried Chicken, is a popular choice for well-off Japanese families at Christmas time.

This has been the case ever since 1974, when the fast food giants launched a “Christmas Chicken” campaign in the country.

The fried chicken fast food is eaten together with champagne and a dessert of cake.  


If you are eating a Christmas Eve meal in Portugal, it’s likely to be mostly salted codfish, known as Bacalhau in Portuguese, and a side of boiled potatoes. 

As for dessert, the Portuguese enjoy a Bolo Rei, also known as king cake in English, which is filled with nuts and glazed fruit.


Christmas dinner around the world: In Japan, families enjoy KFC


Believe it or not, German people eat kale stew, known as grünkohl in German, at Christmas time, along with roast goose, dumplings and smoked sausage.

The party piece, however, is a large gingerbread house covered in sweets and icing sugar. 


Christmas in Russia means one thing: dressed herring, made from the pungent fish and boiled vegetables. 

Salt cod

Christmas dinner around the world: Salt cod is a popular choice in Portugal

Herring is piled inside this savoury played cake, along with potatoes, onion, carry and, of course, Russian favourite beetroot. 

South Africa

You may want to avoid South Africa over Christmas day, unless you fancy trying their traditional festive delicacy: fried worm.

The fried Emperor Moth caterpillars, or “worms”, are a key protein source within the continent – and, luckily for local, their harvest coincides with Christmas.  

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