While many Christmas-celebrating Americans are home with family on December 25, digging into turkey, ham, or roast beef, those aren’t staples on everyone’s table. Christmas dinner looks a little (or a lot) different depending on where in the world you are. Even the United States has its own regional differences, such as salmon in Seattle or tamales in Texas. In Whoville, the Grinch himself carves the roast beast. Meanwhile, Jewish people the country over may head to a Chinese restaurant before taking in a movie. Dig into the delicious dishes and drinks that celebrate Christmas, Navidad, Nol, and all the rest.
If you’ve never had Ethiopian doro wat, Christmas dinner is as good a time to start as any. It does take a while to make, so you’ll want to plan ahead.
In the Philippines, it’s customary to serve up puto bumbong, a mixture of sweet and black rice cooked in bamboo, for dessert. A friend of ours swears by dinuguan. Don’t be put off by what many call it in English: pork blood soup.
Avgolemono is a traditional Greek chicken-egg-lemon soup served around Christmas (but is also great any time you’re feeling under the weather). For bread, there’s vasilopita, which is often made for New Year’s.
In Mexico, Christmas punch is called Ponche Navideo, and it’s made with a special fruit called tejocotes. Some compare them to crab apples because they can be a bit bitter. You’ll want to keep a beverage handy if you take your pork posole spicy.