The 12 Days Of Blogmas: Six Geese-A-Laying

December 19th, 2014 by

On day six there were six geese a-laying in store for the true love of our song…

Day six of The 12 Days of Blogmas has arrived, and it’s going to be one of my favourites. On the sixth day of Christmas, yet another bird was given in the name of love. This is in addition to the five  golden ring-necked pheasants, four calling birds, three hens, two turtle doves and the partridge, which happened to be sitting in a pear tree.

I’m sure there are plenty more than six geese a-laying at present, as goose has been at the centre of a traditional Christmas roast for centuries (although turkey is obviously also a popular choice). The goose versus turkey debate can be hotly disputed among those who put on a Christmas spread; Charles Dickens championed the goose as the traditional meat at the Cratchit’s table in A Christmas Carol: “Such a bustle ensued that you might have thought a goose the rarest of all birds; a feathered phenomenon, to which a black swan was a matter of course – and it truth it was something very like it in that house”.

In general, goose has been eclipsed by turkey as the family Christmas meat as the lower price of turkey allows you to feed more for your pennies. However, The Independent would lead us to believe that the goose is making a comeback and will be on plenty of festive menus this holiday season. Goose is a festive favourite across the water in the United States as many American families have their fill of turkey in November at Thanksgiving.

Around the world, the traditional Christmas dinner takes on various guises. Countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand have traditional meals like those we see in the UK, with a roasted bird served with veggies and potatoes in various forms, although sprouts aren’t for everyone. Norway’s Christmas table is laden with ‘svineribbe’: pork belly with crackling served with sauerkraut, redcurrant sauce and flatbread. Poland opts for a meal of no fewer than 12 dishes including fish such as herring and fried carp. Christmas dinner has something for everyone, and is so varied across the globe that no two meals are identical.

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