Traditionally, the Christmas Eve (known as “Consoada” a word that comes from the Latin word Consolare (“to comfort”) supper consists of abstaining from meat dishes.
Most of the families eat salted codfish with boiled potatoes and vegetables, adding olive oil and vinegar or lemon juice, but in some parts of Portugal the tradition is to eat boiled octopus
On Christmas the tradition is nowadays to eat roasted turkey with French Fries and roasted chestnuts but in some regions people eat roasted lamb or goat.
Portugal has a huge tradition in pastries and desserts and amongst many others you can eat:
Bolo Rei, made with flour, eggs, sugar, Oporto wine, candied and dried fruits, etc
Filhós (also known as Filhozes or Filhoses) – Depending on the region they may be thin or fluffy pieces of a fried dough made of eggs, honey, orange, lemon, flour, tea, sprinkled or not with icing sugar or cinnamon
Azevias – A fried thin dough filled with a sweet cream that can be or chickpea or sweet potato with sugar and cinnamon
Tronco de Natal – It resembles a tree´s trunk and it´s filled with chocolate
Sonhos – an orange flavoured fried yeast dough, powdered with icing sugar
Velhoses – Similar to sonhos but made with pumpkin
Broas – There are dozens of recipes but flour, sugar, honey, cinnamon, olive oil and almonds are the main ingredients
Arroz Doce – made with rice, eggs, milk, sugar, butter, cinnamon
Aletria – Similar to Arroz Doce, but with vermicelli instead of rice.
And on your country what do you eat?