Saronti Advent Day 7- Christmas Food Facts

Christmas food mince pies

Amongst the Christmas food gorging,  we find the average Brit eats 27 mince pies over the festive period. Incredibly there are over 370 million mince pies sold in the UK over this time with a jaw dropping 20% thrown out. 

Amazingly, the law states that it’s technically illegal to eat mince pies due to a decree by Oliver Cromwell banning mince pies, Christmas pudding and anything to do with gluttony.

This law has never been rescinded.

Christmas Food Traditions

Turkey: Traditionally, it was a goose that adorned the Christmas table as beef was used for milk and chickens were used for eggs.  Stories say that Henry VIII was the first person to eat a turkey on Christmas Day, but it wasn’t until Victorian times that it became more common.

Christmas Cake: The Christmas cake we eat today originates from a January 5th tradition of the Twelfth Night when the Three wise men brought gifts of spices.  However, in the 1640’s when Oliver Cromwell passed his ban on Twelfth Night feasting, people started to make it on Christmas Day instead.

Christmas food yule log

Yule Log: The roots of this rolled chocolate sponge go way back to the Iron Age, when Celts would burn huge decorated logs to celebrate the winter solstice. As burning a giant log became harder and harder, someone decided to bake a cake in the shape of a log instead. The Yule Log became popular in Paris in the nineteenth century, after Parisian bakers started making and decorating them to place in their shop windows.

Whatever makes up your favourite Christmas festive feast be sure to indulge sensibly.


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