Christmas lunch is a meal traditionally eaten at Christmas. This meal can take place any time from the day of Christmas Eve to the day of Christmas Day itself. The meals are often particulary rich and substantial, in the tradition of the Christian feast day celebration, and forms a significant part of gatherings held to celebrate the arrival of Christmastide. In many cases, there is a ritual element to the meal related to the religious celebration, such as the praying of grace.
The actual meal consumed varies in different parts of the world with the regional cuisines and local traditions. In many parts of the world, particularly former British colonies, the meal shares some connection with the English Christmas dinner involving roasted meats and pudding of some description. The Christmas pudding and Christmas cake evolved from this tradition.