Christmas is one of the most widely celebrated annual festivals in the world, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. With Christmas fast approaching, our office has become an exhibition of Christmas delights of different cultural backgrounds.
You probably know mince pies very well. For those coming from a country where Christmas is not celebrated, mince pies are a kind of sweet pies from British origin. Traditionally served during Christmas season in the English-speaking world, they’re filled with a mixture of dried fruits and spices called "mincemeat", not real meat!
We also had Stroopwafels brought by our colleague who has Dutch heritage. Stroopwafel is a waffle made from two thin layers of baked dough with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. It is very popular during Christmas in the Netherlands.
The famous ginger bread house originated from Germany during the 16th Century. Nowadays, people’s love for the gingerbread house has led to competitions or showcases at community or national levels.
When it comes to Christmas sweets, our colleague with an Italian background can’t help introducing Panettone. It is a kind of sweet bread loaf originally from Milan, usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year.
What is the signature Christmas sweet from your culture? Please feel free to share with us.