For the Mexican side, we eat Turkey on Christmas Eve, a special Mexican soup called menudo, a hot beverage called champurrado and fried flour tortillas with a sweet sauce on top for dessert.For the Italian side, we eat bolognese, white lasagne, salmon, cannelloni, panettone and nougat.After dessert, we stay at the table and tell jokes, discuss big topics and reminisce.The chicken soup recipe and the glasses that we drink wine from have been in the family for almost one hundred years; our grandparents probably drank from the same glasses during their first Christmas together.'Mara, from Lyon, said: 'Our first course is a selection of cheeses served with tomatoes and a variety of cold meats.I have a sweet tooth; I am always on the edge of my seat waiting for the main course to finish so I can devour all the cakes!
We often open our doors to those in the community who have less than us.'It is an important time for us because we all get together to remember when Jesus came to earth.' Janis, from Riga, said: 'We always eat several fish dishes at Christmas since I live in a small fishing village by the sea, along with pork and lamb, potatoes, sauerkraut, various salads, and peas.
My in-laws, my parents, and my wife and I take turns hosting and cooking this meal.'There is an advent wreath on our Christmas table, made from twigs and four candles, with the wreath symbolizing endlessness and the candles representing hope, peace, joy and love.'Franca, from Lima, said: 'For Christmas dinner we also eat potato salad with bacon, mayonnaise, and turkey stuffing. 'Christmas makes me feel close to my family in Peru even though we are miles apart now that I live in the UK.
The stuffing is made from minced chicken, minced beef, ham, raisins, olives, nuts, bread loaf and eggs. It is a great way for my daughters to learn about Peruvian customs.'Isaac, from Accra, said: 'Our Christmas meal is special because it takes a lot of effort to make, as the rice balls have to be pounded for a long time.
Then we move onto the red wine to go with our next course, which is turkey or a capon and a mixture of winter vegetables.
For dessert, we have a yule log, a huge quantity of chocolate and then we return to the champagne.