Why Do We Eat Turkey on Christmas Day


Turkeys were first bought into Britain in 1526. Before this time, people used to eat geese, boars’ heads, and even peacocks for Christmas meals.

Turkeys were eaten instead of cows and chickens.

The farmers needed their cows more for their milk and their chickens for the eggs, which were more expensive than today.

So instead of killing off one of their livestock for Christmas.

They would have a turkey as it was something different, and they could save their livestock from producing more milk and eggs.

King Henry VIII was the first to eat a turkey on Christmas Day.

However, it was not 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 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.

20% of British people admit to paying more for their turkeys for ‘extra quality.

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