From Tree to Table: International Christmas Food Traditions

From Tree to Table: International Christmas Food Traditions
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Different nations have different holiday traditions -- and different Christmas foods. Take this quiz to find out how the world celebrates Christmas with food.
The Yule log is a classic Christmas dessert. Which country can claim the Yule log as its own?
France
The buche de Noel got its start in France. The dessert shaped like a Yule log shaped is filled with buttercream.
Germany
England

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True or false: No one eats a hot Christmas dinner in Australia because it's summer there.
True
False
It depends: Some Australians have a traditional English roast.
In Australia, it's summertime in December, and many Australians have outdoor barbecues or pack cold picnic lunches to eat outside. Still, many Australians serve up a traditional hot Christmas roast.

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In Ethiopia, the Christmas meal is called wat, and you eat it using injera. What are wat and injera?
cake and a fork
spicy stew and flat sourdough bread
Wat is a spicy, thick stew with meat and vegetables. Wat is eaten with injera, a sourdough flatbread that also serves as a utensil.
thick soup and a spoon

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The English Christmas table is bound to have which vegetable accompany a hearty roast?
Brussels sprouts
Much to the chagrin of finicky children, Brussels spouts are a common vegetable eaten at a traditional English Christmas dinner.
carrots
beets

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In the Netherlands, most children receive their presents on St. Nicholas Day, Dec. 6. On St. Nicholas Eve, a letterbanket is on the menu. What's a letterbanket?
a jelly roll in the shape of the first letter of your family's last name
fried dough that spells your name
a cake in the shape of the first letter of your family's last name
A letterbanket is a cake in the shape of the first letter of your family's last name.

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In Mexico, Candlemas marks the end of the Christmas season in February. What food accompanies the holiday?
tacos
tamales
Tamales, corn dough filled with meat or cheese then steamed in corn husks, are served on Candlemas.
tostadas

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What is the traditional main dish at Christmas Eve dinner in Italy?
seafood
Italians do not eat meat on Christmas Eve, so fish or another kind of seafood is served along with other meatless dishes.
veal
pork

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Almond soup is a popular Christmas dish in which country?
Portugal
Mexico
Spain
Almond soup is on the Christmas menu in many Spanish homes.

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Dec. 13 is St. Lucia's day in Sweden. The oldest daughter in each household dresses in white and leads the other children around the house. What are the children serving?
wine and cheese
coffee and sweets
The oldest daughter serves coffee and sweets to members of her household with the help of younger siblings.
beer and crackers

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Some Greeks hang what fruit above the door to bring good luck?
pomegranate
Pomegranates have symbolic value for some people in Greece. The seedy fruit is supposed to bring good luck.
orange
strawberry

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