Traditional Italian Christmas Eve, Feast of the Seven Fishes -
Polish Christmas Eve, Barshch -
"After a day of fasting, the traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner is a welcome respite. Traditionally meatless, the meal starts with the breaking of bread, and it’s seen as good fortune to set an extra place at the table for any lonely traveler who might come to the door. Fish dishes such as herring in sour cream, fish au gratin, and pike served with hard-cooked eggs and boiled potatoes are common features. Christmas barshch (beet soup) is a staple, as are various types of compotes made from dried fruit, vaguely similar to American cranberry sauce. Dessert features honey and poppy seed cookies, as well as babka, a type of sweet bread."
Spanish Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) - The food typically centers around turkey, lamb, or seafood. Catholics in Spain celebrate Misa del Gallo, a midnight mass full of music to celebrate.
Japan - Japan does not celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, however, it is celebrated as a secular holiday. Interestingly, Christmas Eve is seen as a time for romantic celebrations such as going on a date with your loved one, much like Valentine's Day. It is actually considered the most romantic day of the year! A Christmas tradition in Japan is eating Kentucky Fried Chicken for the Christmas meal. People actually pre-order KFC six weeks in advance. as the demand is too high!
China - Christmas is not popular in China - Christians (about 1% of the country’s total population) practice the tradition of giving out apples during Christmas Eve or, in Chinese, Ping An Ye, resemblances the Chinese word for apple, Ping Gou.
People in Ireland put a thick and tall candle right in their largest window and leave it lighted all night to welcome the Mary and Joseph. They also offer mince pies and - a bottle of Guinness for Santa Claus.
One baked pie crust, Mix 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 envelope unflavored gelatin and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gradually stir in 1 3/4 cups milk. Bring to boiling over medium heat. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract and 1 cup coconut, when cool. While cooling, beat 3 egg whites, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar and 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form, set aside. Beat 1/2 cup whipping cream until stiff, set aside. Transfer the cooled mixture into a very large bowl. Fold in the beaten egg whites and the whipped cream.