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All Danish families eat about the same on Christmas Eve. Duck or Goose with red pickled cabbage, caramelized potatoes, currant jam, and a lot of gravy. Larger families may also add a roast pork to the dining table. Dessert is always Risalamande with cherry sauce. A creamy rice porridge with vanilla and almond.
The Swedes are the only ones that do dinner a bit differently. In fact, they don’t do dinner on Christmas Eve. Rather they take part in an all-day feast that start around noon. Their buffet-style feast includes everything from pork roast and meatballs to a variety of cheeses, bread and potatoes.
Dinner on Christmas Eve in Norway can vary from region to region. In the East they often eat pork roast—or “ribbe”, which is much like the Danish flæskesteg – just a different cut. In the South, Fish such as lutefisk and cod is common. And, in the North they eat ribs of mutton (pinnekjøt). The meats are served with a variety of sides, and creamy desserts.