Since there are only a few days before Christmas and since we live in England, I thought I’d share a few of the foods that the English tend to have at their Christmas dinner. Or at least… these are the “traditional” foods that I’ve experienced.

I’ll start with dessert first! :)

A flaming Christmas pudding (Image credit: MinimalistPhotography101.com)

Christmas Pudding. This cake-looking dessert (or pudding as the British call it) is made out of suet and several different spices. It’s quite often made with a dark sugar such as black treacle and citrus fruits to give it moisture. To cook the pudding, it’s steamed for a really long time. When served, it’s steamed again. Warm brandy is poured on top of the Christmas pudding, and the pudding is lit on fire. It’s often served with rum butter or brandy butter.

Roast turkey. Yum! (Image Credit: orchidgalore)

Roast Turkey. I think this one is self-explanatory. :) Who doesn’t love a roasted turkey for their Christmas dinner?

Roasted potatoes, parsnips and carrots (Image Credit: itsbruce)

Roasted Vegetables. The veggies of choice are carrots, parsnips and potatoes (ok, potatoes aren’t really a veggie, but hey…). The only way I’ve had parsnips is roasted, and I really like them! And there’s something just so delicious about roasted potatoes, too!

Brussels sprouts (Image Credit: johnsu01)

Brussels Sprouts. I’ve given these a good, honest try. They’re definitely not my favourite Christmas veggie. But these steamed veggies do seem to be a must-have this time of year. Apparently the best way to have them is cut fresh off the cane.

Christmas crackers (Image Credit: net_efekt)

Christmas Crackers. Ok, ok, these aren’t really a food. They are, however, present at Christmas dinners (at least the ones I’ve been to). Christmas crackers are a cardboard tube wrapped in festive paper to look like a large candy wrapper. To open, two people pull on either end of the cracker (like you would a wishbone). When it opens, you’ll hear a loud “crack” which is triggered by a strip inside that has an explosive on it. The cracker has hidden goodies such as a toy, a joke and a paper crown in it!

What are some of your Christmas traditions? Do you have a favourite food your family serves at Christmas?