The Christmas season is a great excuse to eat ludicrous amounts of dessert under the guise of “holiday spirit.” But not eveyone puts on the seasonal 10 pounds by eating the same sweets. We took a look at various countries’ Christmas cakes to see what people in places like Italy, France and Japan are stuffing themselves with this holiday season.

Note: the term “cake” is used loosely. Admittedly, there is more than one holiday bread loaf on this list. Additionally, you’ll no doubt notice that the Swedish kringla doesn’t exactly come in slices, but like Food Republic’s Swedish co-founder, Marcus Samuelsson, we just can’t pass up a good kringla. And oh yeah, we left off the traditional American fruitcake, because it tends to scare us.