Festive dinner on Christmas Eve completes fasting before Christmas. Traditionally, the menu of Christmas Eve dinner consists of 12 meatless dishes.
Menu of gala dinner on Christmas Eve usually depends much on the regional characteristics and the abundance of a family. So wealthy families usually counted as dishes only 12 hot main courses on Christmas Eve and nobody counted snacks like mushrooms or herring neither beverages (Uzvar).
Traditionally, the main attributes of Holy Meal in Ukraine are kutia (a poppy seed, honey and wheat dish – video-method see here) and uzvar (a drink made from reconstituted dried fruits). Other typical dishes are meatless borshch or in some regions kapusniak (saurkraut soup), varenyky and dishes made of fish, mushrooms and vegetables and oil – are optional, depending on the abundance of family and culinary skills of the hostess.
Here are some options for menu on Christmas Eve: