December 23, 2015

The Victorian Christmas Dinner

During the Victorian times, families would typically exchange gifts on Christmas morning, and then attend church. Upon their return they would enjoy a Christmas feast that included goose, yams vegetables, turnips and of course the Christmas pudding!  The tradition of goose has fallen out of favour in exchange of turkey, but goose was the fowl of choice for Victorians.

Charles Dickens described the Christmas dinner as enjoyed by the Cratchit family:

There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn’t believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration. Eked out by apple-sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family; indeed, as Mrs. Cratchit said with great delight (surveying one small atom of a bone upon the dish), they hadn’t ate it all at last! Yet every one had had enough, and the youngest Cratchits in particular, were steeped in sage and onion to the eyebrows! But now, the plates being changed by Miss Belinda, Mrs. Cratchit left the room alone—too nervous to bear witnesses—to take the pudding up and bring it in.

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