Christmas has a long history and it has been celebrated by different people in many different ways. In the UK, having a special Christmas meal with family and friends is a very important custom for many.

Besides turkeys, what other traditional Christmas food do you know? In this video, get to know some of the traditionally served Christmas food in the UK, like mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas pudding, etc.


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Here in Ecuador, quite often, the families eat turkey and the days after Xmas you find turkey leftover to eat.
Usually in the new year's day we finally eat it all.

I am from Spain. Here, we also celebrate Xmas. Our big day is the night of the 24th December. Usually all the family get together around a big table. We do not prepare turkey for dinner. We do to cook fish and meat too. The meat is normally from small lambs, which it sounds terribly cruel. 
However what makes Spanish Xmas different from other ones are our desserts. We have turron, mazapan and many of others sweet delicatessen. They are made from honey and almond. This is a very ancient tradition. 
The night before New Year,  the 31 of December, we also have a very big dinner at home. While the clocks strikes the 12 bangs of the New Year, we eat 12 grapes. It is said it bring you luck and fortune for coming New Year.
Please, It is my first comment and I beg you your pardon for my mistakes!!!

Oooh! it's very very difficult to understand his words.

yas i agree with you,my kistenning isn't strong

These videos are really useful for my learning English
Thanks so much

I really liked the recipes are quite complete...

Hi there,

Honestly, I didn't used to celebrate Christmas in my younger age as I use today, only for the past 4 yrs or so that I started celebrating Christmas with my fiance, his family and friends.

We, usually have what UK's family had for Christmas dinner.
I am not paticularly like turkeys though, it meats a bit tough for me, but I love the cranberry sauce better than the turkey.
I do love Christmas pudding best out of all the UK's traditional Christmas food, but I prefered it without too much brandy sauce over it.
I've no idea, what the Indonesian Christian have to celebrate Christmas (their traditional food). In fact, last December 2011, I'd asked one of my Indonesian Christian friend's about it, and she said that in her native place (Manado), they've roast dogs as their traditional Christmas dish (Oooh, I've never imagined myself eating dog meat, but she said its so tasty). She also mentioned, that, this was the only food she missed during Christmas season because she can't get it in HK.

The very best of luck,
Kind regards,
Umi Zahrok

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I am from Vietnam.