Turkey, ham and slice of Christmas pudding…Ever wonder how similar your Christmas traditions are to others? Feel like you’re the only one with a fake tree?
Well, TheTaste and Siucra teamed up to discover your best Christmas traditions and, while some answers may have surprised us, others were right on the money.
Keep reading to find out some key traditions taking place in Irish households over the festive season.
When it comes to Christmas dinner, 90% of people enjoy the traditional Christmas Turkey every year. But this doesn’t rank as one of the most memorable Christmas food traditions.
In fact, 48% of people most remember the act of leaving treats out for Santa Claus. This is followed by eating an entire selection box before breakfast (19%), making a wish while stirring the Christmas pudding (17%) and baking the Christmas fruit cake in October (14%).
Unsurprisingly, the majority of people (78%) open their Christmas presents before breakfast, but these days, there’s more of a balance between those choosing to decorate a fake tree (48%) in their house as opposed to a real tree (51%).
With an abundance of tempting chef cookbooks out there, people are actually less likely to rely on one for their Christmas feast, with only 14% of people doing so. People are much more likely to use family recipes (41%) or even, possibly shockingly, make it up as they go along (43%).
It may make sense then that the most common cooking mishap is having each dish ready at different times (42%), followed closely by under estimating the prep time (36%). Thankfully, only 4% of people forget to turn the oven on!
So according to 55% of people, the nation’s favourite Christmas song is Fairytale of New York. While you sing along to this classic, you can tuck into your favourite part of Christmas dinner, which is?
Well, no surprise that the traditional turkey and ham combo (53%) is the firm favourite, followed by all the leftovers (28%) the next day (aka the ultimate Christmas sandwich). The least popular option is a post-dinner cheeseboard (6%).
The majority of people either cook everything from scratch (48%) at Christmas or have a little mix of store bought and home cooked. Only 3% of people buy everything straight from the store.
And finally, when asked who their ideal Christmas dinner party guest is, a whopping 61% of people said Graham Norton. He was followed by the lovable Michael D. Higgins (13%) and Mary Berry (12%) – I wonder would they make Mary bake something in exchange for dinner?
Also making an appearance on the list were Nigella Lawson and Conor McGregor.
So, how do your Christmas traditions measure up?