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The night before Christmas, American children do not stay awake till midnight or join in on any Chirtsmas countdowns. They have to be in deep sleep during the night of Christmas Eve. Before heading off to bed, the children leave a plate of cookies and a glass of milk out on the tables in their home for Santa to eat. It is to show their appreciation to Santa for coming by and dropping off the gifts!
Everyone enjoys a sumptuous Christmas Eve dinner and for the Russians, their dinners are doubtly more exciting as it would be their first meal of the day! On Christmas Eve, Russians will begin fasting until the evening and break fast with a vegetarian meal called Kutya, shared among loved ones.
Families in France enjoy a special dinner on Christmas eve, called the le Réveillon de Noël. This traditional meal features a roasted bird, either duck or goose and is accompanied by side dishes like foie gras and oysters. The star of the meal is the dessert, known as the Buche de Noël which is a rolled sponge cake decorated to look like a Yule log or a swiss roll. Looking at it makes you drool!
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Italians indulge in a seafood feast known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve. This seafood feast includes any seven types of seafood dishes and it is always served with pasta. The background for eating extra seafood on this day is from the Roman Catholic practice of abstaining from meat on Christmas Eve.