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Old 12-25-2011, 11:46 AM   #11
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I like turkey enough that I was always happy to have it both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas too, plus bought a couple more on sale and cooked them some months later. When purchased on sale turkey is one of the least expensive meats, and when not stuffed is one of the easiest to roast. I've often said that cooking an unstuffed turkey is no more difficult than cooking a TV dinner. (Just wash it off, put it on a rack, insert in properly preheated oven, and your remote reading thermometer tells you when it's done.) On a few occasions I've even cooked a turkey for myself alone, ate the leg and thigh and used the rest for the usual turkey leftovers.

The usual choices are turkey, ham, beef roast (usually PR), lamb roast, pork roast, roast duck or roast goose. I'd go for the prime rib roast if I had enough guests to justify it. I have no guests this Christmas so I'm cooking a couple turkey thighs and a yam. At least it's something traditional. These two days a year (Thanksgiving, Xmas) I always want something traditional.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:51 AM   #12
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My DH is Canadian and all my Canadian rellies (and DH, the first time it happened) are/were aghast when they found out there is no bird for Christmas, they always have/had Turkey. Lol! If they come to my home for Christmas, I serve them turkey and ham.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:53 AM   #13
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Not me. For Easter I make brandied rabbit in mustard sauce and invite all the neighborhood children for dinner on my patio!
I was only speaking of my own household... but I have to say I absolutely love rabbit in mustard sauce!
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:56 AM   #14
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I also can't speak for all Canadians, but we have always had a turkey on Christmas. We also have tourtiere and ham, but the centre is a turkey with all the trimmings!

Only one Christmas did we not have a turkey and I had just had major surgery and was ordered to complete bed rest until Christmas day. DH picked up a ham and was going to do dinner.....until he threw his back out in the morning hauling two 5 gallon pots of stew out to be taken to the homeless. So my sister came over and did everything. It was a very quiet but nice Christmas.
Yes. We have Tourtiere every year also. But as a French Canadian, I guess that goes without saying..My mother usually sends us all home with a frozen one also.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:56 AM   #15
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I like venison at Christmas.
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:35 PM   #16
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I'm not in charge of Christmas dinner. If I were it would be goose or standing rib of beef. Still I'm cooking a turkey between now and new years just for sandwiches!
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:37 PM   #17
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I like to have goose once per year on Christmas. Fresh goose can be expensive and it takes us about a year to use up the fat from one 12 - 14 pound goose.
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:18 PM   #18
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Yes. We have Tourtiere every year also. But as a French Canadian, I guess that goes without saying..My mother usually sends us all home with a frozen one also.
Funny, I am NOT French Canadian (though I am Canadian and fluent in French) but I can't remember a Christmas without it. Oh, and I gave out five frozen ones this year!
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Old 12-25-2011, 04:04 PM   #19
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In USA it goes something like this: Xmas Ham , Xmas Goose , Thanksgiving Turkey , But through the years Prime Rib has been hight on the list for xmax as well as fish ,which has been popular with Cathlics.
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Old 12-25-2011, 05:25 PM   #20
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When I was a kid we always had roast beast for Christmas.

My thought is that the beef, pork, venison for Christmas dinner may have been due to the climate of the northeast. A bird could be killed and used up for one meal but you needed prolonged cold to preserve a larger animal. Anyway it was good and we ate it!
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