The Origins of the Christmas Dinner
Christmas has long been a time for family and friends to gather for festive feasts but what we eat on the big day has changed significantly through the centuries.
“No one era invented Christmas,” said food historian Annie Gray on the i news site, and “the rituals which surround it have evolved”. Although “much of the surface paraphernalia of the modern Christmas can be ascribed to one or two decades (mainly the 1840s), there are deeper themes which cross the centuries”, she wrote.
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You may also be interested in a Dickens Christmas Dinner available from the Celtic Radio Archives: