Christmas dinner (or a Christmas meal) is a tradition observed by many in the Western culture. It is a meal held on Christmas Day (either the midday or afternoon meal) to celebrate the holiday. A traditional Christmas meal consists of many dishes, most noticeably the ham, or turkey. Christmas meals are often large, with plenty of good food. Christmas dinners differ around the world and can be representative of the culture.
Popular ingredients for a traditional British Christmas meal include:
- A roast bird, often turkey or duck
- Roast potatoes
- Vegetables (traditionally brussel sprouts)
- Pigs in Blankets
- Christmas Pudding (often with Brandy Butter
Mice Pies are often popular around Christmas time, though are not always eaten as part of the meal.
American Christmas meals often include:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Hot Chocolate