Christmas Food!

I’m a fan of food in general. Holiday food is even better, so I wanted to share with you guys, some of my favourite foods that we eat during the festive season!

It took me some hunting through my photos to find one of a typical Christmas meal. Growing up, we would alternate with having Christmas at home with just the immediate family, then with our extended family in the South Island. The picture below is one we had with just immediate family a few years back.

christmas lunch

The main part is always ham. We always have a big ham, which lasts for literally weeks. Then we have lots of side dishes, pasta, salads etc. But the ham always returns. One year, we did do turkey, but for the most part, we always have ham!

In terms of dessert, a kiwi classic is the pavlova. It’s made from a meringue base, with lots of whipped cream and fresh fruit on top. For example, kiwifruit, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, or any other summer fruits really. The picture below is one from a few years back as well. I really had to hunt through my photo collection to find these photos!


For other desserts, I’m gonna share a photo of our dessert table from a few years back again.

christmas dessert

In terms of drinks, we normally just have soda and sparkling apple and grape juice. My family isn’t too big on the alcoholic drinks. I’ve just never been fond of the taste personally. For the dessert, we have a few staples. The classic Christmas cake, and normally a trifle of some kind. Always so yummy! If you look to the left in the blue pot, I believe that’s a traditional Filipino dessert called Ginataan.

Mum (and previously Grandmum) are the ones who do the bulk of the cooking for our Christmas feast. Even though it’s summer, we still do the big meal. There’s often lots of leftovers which means snacks for days! My sister Jo and her husband Tibor often dive in to help during recent years, adding some European and Hungarian dishes to the mix of Kiwi and Filipino dishes we already have. It’s always awesome to see what feast appears each year. As for me, I do help occasionally, but I tend to follow orders before just drifting off and playing games with my brother. Then coming back when they need another handย ?

That’s what typical Christmas food to me looks like! What’s a typical Christmas meal for you guys?


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49 thoughts on “Christmas Food!

      1. Hi Angela, You did a good job showcasing your family’s Christmas dinner. Almost feels like I’m right there. Who cooked? I think Christmas dinner is my second favorite traditional meal of the year, then Thanksgiving. God bless!


      2. Thanks! This was a fun post to make. My mum does most of the cooking and the rest of us help out where we can. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in New Zealand. The only big meal we have is at Christmas really ?


  1. This was so interesting to read because we have really different christmas foods here in finland! Ham is also a big part of the meal here (the main one i guess) but then we have different casseroles and fish etc haha! xx


      1. I live in the United States and a typical Christmas dinner would be macaroni and cheese, yams(candied), greens, a rice dish, dressing, some type of meat(turkey, ham, beef, vegetarian) tossed salad, cranberry sauce, cakes, pies, etc. Like Angela, I do non-alcohlic drinks like sparkling apple juice.


  2. It’s always so interesting what other people eat on Christmas Eve. For us, it has always been simple potato salad, a roast and some type of fish (for non-meat eaters). On the following two days, the dinners are much more sumptuous (usually 3 courses or something like raclette or fondue).


  3. Hispanic go all out with their meals, from pozole, to tamales, some people make the honey ham, omg, honestly, i don’t care what I eat as long as it’s delicious lol. and I love how good that cake looks, I LOVE kiwi!


  4. This looks sooo yummy! Being Eastern European, breakfast is a huge part of the Christmas celebration, and my Mom always makes Kolache which is a cake slash bread. I love it! I love traditions!:) ?


      1. I bet! Thanks beauty! It really is! My mom does a huge dinner too usually, but we only have this breakfast twice a year (Christmas and Easter) I love the tradition of it:) ?


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