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International Christmas Crossword

Languages Clues
Arabic You don’t need to have ailurophobia to be afraid of this Christmas feline.
Danish Church containing the grotto where Jesus was born
Finnish This was the most popular non-alcoholic drink in its region before tea took over.
German A goat-man Christmas figure
Greek This tree usually flowers around Christmas which led to its association with the holiday.
Icelandic Short mythical creature with a white beard usually wearing a conical cap
Italian Rectangular wafer with religious imagery
Māori Grain dish with sweet gravy served during the holiday season or as part of a funeral feast
Polish A glass version of this food item is sometimes hidden on a Christmas tree.
Russian A hidden coin in this cake is supposed to bring fortune to the one who finds it on New Year’s Day.
Ukrainian A type of sweet bread often served dusted with icing sugar at Christmas
  • The languages above are provided in alphabetical order while the clues are in no particular order. Do not assume a relationship between languages and clues which happen to be aligned together horizontally.
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The clues solve like this

JÓLAKÖTTURINN (Icelandic) You don’t need to have ailurophobia to be afraid of this Christmas feline.
المهد (Arabic) Church containing the grotto where Jesus was born
СБИТЕНЬ (Russian) This was the most popular non-alcoholic drink in its region before tea took over.
JOULUPUKKI (Finnish) A goat-man Christmas figure
PŌHUTUKAWA (Māori) This tree usually flowers around Christmas which led to its association with the holiday.
NISSE (Danish) Short mythical creature with a white beard usually wearing a conical cap
OPŁATEK (Polish) Rectangular wafer with religious imagery
КУТЯ (Ukrainian) Grain dish with sweet gravy served during the holiday season or as part of a funeral feast
GEWÜRZGURKE (German) A glass version of this food item is sometimes hidden on a Christmas tree.
ΒΑΣΙΛΌΠΙΤΑ (Greek) A hidden coin in this cake is supposed to bring fortune to the one who finds it on New Year’s Day.
PANDORO (Italian) A type of sweet bread often served dusted with icing sugar at Christmas

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