Thursday, 24 December 2015

Christmas-Turkey or does it

Christmas is full of old traditions, like eating turkey on Christmas day, sending out Christmas cards, hanging tinsel around the house, but why do we do it and how did it originate? Here’s the facts.
Turkeys were first bought into Britain in 1526, before this time, for Christmas meals people used to eat geese, boars’ head and even peacocks.
Turkeys were eaten instead of cows and chickens because the farmers needed their cows more for their milk, and needed their chickens for the eggs, which back then were more expensive than they are today. So instead of killing off one of their livestock for Christmas, they’d have a turkey as it was something different and they could save their livestock to produce more milk and eggs..
Henry VIII was the first person to eat a turkey on Christmas Day, however it wasn’t until the 1950’s that the turkey was a more popular Christmas meal choice than the goose.
The good thing about Christmas Day and turkeys is that Christmas is a family time, and turkeys are family size!
87% of British people believe that Christmas would not be the same without a traditional roast turkey.
Today in the UK, we eat around 10 million turkeys every year for Christmas time.
25% of British people buy their turkeys months in advance.
A survey shows that the top three most popular ways to serve leftover Christmas turkey are: sandwiches, soups/stews or salads.


14 comments:

CWMartin said...

We have Thanksgiving for turkey; Christmas just kinda used to depend. With the family dispersed, we are pretty much fend for yourself like every other day.

Rita said...

Over here we have turkey for Thanksgiving and often ham for Christmas. But people have what they like. :) Merry Christmas!!

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

At my parents for Christmas we have turkey, chicken, port, and ham

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Merry Christmas to you as well, we have turkey, chicken, port and ham

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Jo-Anne,
Turkey is not on the Christmas menu here in the USA, only for Thanksgiving. Neither in The Netherlands. It can be a wide range of favorite foods but not turkey.
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Mariette

Karen @BakingInATornado said...

I can always count on you to answer things I've questioned in my mind for years. I know some people eat ham on Christmas, but it's all about the turkey for us.

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