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Unique Traditional Foods to Celebrate Christmas

edible-Christmas-Tree from wonderfuldiy-com

Every where in the world, food is an important part of any celebration regardless of culture or religion. It can unite and strengthen community bonds and helps to maintain a common identity among a group of people.

To celebrate Christmas, different countries use food in different ways.  Most of the foods typically associated with Christmas, such as mince pies and fruit cake, arose from British tradition. In Australia, it is becoming increasingly popular to enjoy seafood on Christmas Day, rather than roast meats and ham, due to their warmer weather.

In my country with so many different ethnic groups and dialects, we also have different traditional Christmas foods in different regions, depending on local availability and cultural significance. Here’s a few examples I would like to share in this post:

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Jakarta, a Christmas City?

christmas tree outdoor central park

It’s Christmas time …….

Jakarta’s malls, plazas and shopping centers are competing to make their most attractive and unique offers to usher in Christmas and new year with their designs, decorations, entertainment and great discounts.

And for the second year in a row, Central Park, a big shopping mall in Jakarta  has created the world’s tallest replica Christmas tree, decorated with one million lights.  The lighting of the 120-foot Christmas tree replica was enlivened by sparkling fireworks and snow effects that were scattered from the top of the tree. The lofty replica is built of iron covered with plastic fir.  The star on the top is made of LED lights and a million colored LED lights highlighting the tree itself.

Central Park broke the record for the tallest Christmas tree last year but this year’s record-breaker reaches 120 feet. “This record has actually broken last year’s record. The record was announced at the opening ceremony of the “Now Jakarta the Christmas City” event .


And what’s on the menu for Christmas in Jakarta?

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Christmas, the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a popular Christmas song written in 1963 by Eddie Pola and George Wyle. It was recorded and released that year by pop singer Andy Williams or his first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album.  

BUT  according to a Psychology Today article, some 45% of us are not thinking it is the most wonderful time of the year, as the old Andy Williams song goes.  Sadly, to some people the “most wonderful time of the year” has become the most stressful time of the year due to over commercialization of the Christmas holiday.

Whether or not you are religious, Christmas is  a beautiful time meant to be enjoyed by everyone.  Let’s try to focus on the original message of Christmas:  love and joy – things we all strive for – by appreciating the most important aspect of Christmas, which is time spent with our loved ones. I believe that the things that matter most are things that money cannot buy.

Every country and culture across the world has its own way of celebrating Christmas. One factor that unites Christmas celebrations everywhere is that they are undoubtedly a family affair

How about Christmas in my country?

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