Joulupöytä

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A Danish version of the Christmas dinner.
A slightly more modern version of the Finnish joulupöytä.

Joulupöytä (translated "Yule table") is the name of the traditional assortment of foods served at Christmas in Finland, similar to the Swedish smörgåsbord. It contains many different dishes, most of them typical for the season. The main dish is usually a large Christmas ham, which is eaten with mustard or bread along with the other dishes. Fish is also served (often lutefisk and gravlax), and with the ham there are also so-called laatikkos, casseroles with liver and raisins or potatoes or rice and carrots. The traditional Christmas beverage is either alcoholic or non-alcoholic mulled wine (glögi in Finnish).

The traditional dishes of joulupöytä include:

Beverages most often served are:

  • Schnapps such as Koskenkorva Viina as an appetizer
  • Beer, often special Christmas varieties. Most Finnish breweries have seasonal beers for Christmas. Homemade beer is also common.
  • Milk
  • Wine is nontraditional, but has grown in popularity

The usual desserts are:

Usually the rice porridge is served from a large, common kettle and an almond has been hidden in it. The one who gets the almond gets his or her Christmas presents first or gets a wish. Sometimes rice porridge is served as breakfast.

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