Christmas dinner, spirit of festive season

Not only being a time of the year that brings to mind thoughts of giving presents, family gatherings, or visiting friends, Christmas also reminds us of festive goodies and plenty of hale and hearty feasting! Therein, Christmas dinner is a irreplaceable tradition to celebrate this spiritual holiday. Let’s take a tour worldwide with The Finest Magazine tosee how people across the globe taste the special feast.

When it comes to Christmas dinner, the variations are incredibly diverse. Around the world, people eat all sorts of weird and wonderful festive fares.

Christmas dinner in the UK and the US

In much of Europe, the main meal is held on the evening of December 24th, and there’s not any turkey to be seen. But in the UK and the USA, it’s a roast turkey and all the trimmings followed by Christmas puddings, this sits in your stomach for hours and is a heavy burden for all who eat.

Borscht in the Polish Christmas dinner

In Poland, people eat an enormous banquet called Wigilia (the Star Supper) including dishes such as borscht and dumplings.

The Feast of the Seven Fishes for Italian dinner on Christmas Eve

In Italy, most families avoid meat on Christmas Eve in favor of The Feast of the Seven Fishes, where delicacies such as fried eel are the star of the show.

Stollen is a feature on the Christmas table in Germany

In Germany, roast goose and red cabbage are the kings of the Christmas table. It is said that those who do not dine well on Christmas Eve will be haunted by demons – so there’s no excuse not to squeeze in that extra slice of stollen.

Slovak Christmas feast with fried carp

In Slovakia, there are some unusual festive favorites, such as kapustnica which is a thick sauerkraut soup, and fried carp. So from mid-December to Christmas, in fact, it is the carp in Eastern Europe that many families buy a live one and keep it in the bath until it’s time for cooking.

In Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan, many Christians and Muslims cook a special meal known as fata, a kind of lamb stewed with rice, bread and garlic, to get them in the holiday mood.

In Australia, they still love a traditional British Christmas dinner, but a picnic or barbecue in a park or on the beach is just as common, of course accompanied by copious amounts of Alcohol, usually beer.

In Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Christmas is also not a national holiday but is generally celebrated because of either the expats living there or the huge number of tourists visiting there for their festive vacation.

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At Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, you can enjoy brilliant festivities, innovative dishes, elegant decorations and the warmest of atmosphere to greet a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Cozy ambiance during this Christmas at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

From the tree lighting ceremony, a 15-meter Christmas tree with 50,000 colorful lights and 850 traditional Vietnamese conical hats, a life-size seven dwarfs’ house, a storybook inspired by the highland town of Sapa, Christmas carols,  Père Noël aka Santa Claus, Christmas Eve party and New Year brunch, you can feel an elegant French tradition blending with Vietnamese culture.

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Christmas menu at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Meanwhile, sumptuous menus are prepared to celebrate Christmas and New Year in hotel’s restaurants. Particularly, the hotel’s delicatessen L’Epicerie du Metropole is offering a range of delectable gourmet gifts with an extensive selection of imported products including Rougié foie gras, Fine de Claire oyster, turkey imported from the U.S, special Christmas hampers, as well as the pastry chef’s pièce de résistance, a traditional French Christmas log cake known as “Buche de Noel”.

Nicholas Shadbolt, Executive Chef at Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi