From Tree to Table: International Christmas Food Traditions
by Staff
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
  • Germany
  • England

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 Ethiopia, the Christmas meal is called <em>wat</em>, and you eat it using <em>injera</em>. What are <em>wat</em> and <em>injera</em>?

  • cake and a fork
  • spicy stew and flat sourdough bread
  • thick soup and a spoon

The English Christmas table is bound to have which vegetable accompany a hearty roast?

  • Brussels sprouts
  • carrots
  • beets

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

In Mexico, Candlemas marks the end of the Christmas season in February. What food accompanies the holiday?

  • tacos
  • tamales
  • tostadas

What is the traditional main dish at Christmas Eve dinner in Italy?

  • seafood
  • veal
  • pork

Almond soup is a popular Christmas dish in which country?

  • Portugal
  • Mexico
  • Spain

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
  • beer and crackers

Some Greeks hang what fruit above the door to bring good luck?

  • pomegranate
  • orange
  • strawberry