Exploring cuisines from around the World has given me insight into how other cultures celebrate the holidays. Today I share with you my favorite holiday recipes from around the World. Be sure to check out the cultural notes at the bottom for some interesting holiday tidbits from other cultures.
SWEDISH ALMOND COOKIE
FARIKAL SOUP | NORWAY’S NATIONAL DISH
SWEDISH DARK CAKE
EASY STUFFING HACK
CRANBERRY SAUCE WITH MANDARIN ORANGES
APPLE RAISIN MINCE FILLING
- GERMANY – Froliche Weinachten
- FRANCE – Joyeux Noel
- NORWAY & SWEDEN – God Jul
- MEXICO – Feliz Navidad
- ITALY – Buon Natale
- BASQUE – Eguberi On
- CATALONIA – Bon Nadal
- CZECH REPUBLIC – Vesele Vanoce
- ROMANIA – Craciun Fericit
- HAWAII – Mele Kalikimaka
- HAWAII – Hau’oli Hanukkah
- CROATIA – Sretna Hanuka
- ESTONIA – Head Hanukat
- PHILIPPINES – Maligayang Hanukkah
- HUNGARY – Boldog Hanukat
- IRELAND – Hanukkah Sasta
- LATIN – Beatus Hanukkah
- SOMALIA – Hanukkah Faraxsan
- SPAIN – Feliz Januca
- WALES – Hanukkah Hapus
Holiday Traditions From Around the World
AUSTRIA – Krampus is the ghoulish counter-part to St. Nicholas. He roams the streets looking for mis-behaved children. There is even a Krampus parade in Vienna.
UKRAINE – Spiderwebs are the decorations of choice due to a folk tale about a poor widow.
GERMANY & CZECH REPUBLIC – A pickle ornament is hidden in the Christmas tree. The child that finds it first gets a special gift.
VENEZUELA – City dwellers in Caracas roller skate to mass on Christmas morning.
NETHERLANDS – Children leave their shoes by the fire in hopes St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas) will leave special treats. Children leave carrots for St. Nick’s horse.
NORWAY – Flying witches roam the skies on Christmas Eve, committing pranks and general mischief. Brooms are hidden at this time to prevent the witches from finding their favorite mode of transportation.
SWEDEN – Every year families tune in to watch this Disney Christmas video at 3pm.
However you celebrate the holidays, I wish you all joy and peace. Take care of each other and take care of yourselves.