Beginning in early December, Peruvian churches hold Chocolatadas. Using money donated by townspeople, organizers bake panettone and make spiced hot chocolate in huge kettles. The pastry and chocolate is then served to the less fortunate as a celebration of the season. Peruvians hold the traditional Christmas feast around midnight on December 24, much the same as other predominantly Catholic nations. In Peru, however, the meal is not meatless. Turkey is the centerpiece here, sometimes garnished with fresh fruit, and served alongside applesauce, tamales and various salads. For dessert, flan, panettone and marzipan are all popular.