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Old 12-25-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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What? No Turkey For Christmas Dinner??

I have been noticing that most of the Americans that post on here aren't having Turkey dinner for Christmas. Is that true? Is there a predominant traditional dish in the States at Christmas? Are you not having Turkey because you just had some for Thanksgiving? Is there truth to this?

I can't speak for all Canadians, but I think it is safe to say that most Canucks are having Turkey dinner at Christmas.

Maybe you are having turkey and I just haven't read the right posts. But, I have seen a few beef dinners already.

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Old 12-25-2011, 11:11 AM   #2
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I can't speak for everyone but in my family we never had turkey because we had that at Thanksgiving. Depending on who was hosting Christmas day it could have been ham, roast pork, roast chicken, or roast beef. And there was always other thing too like kielbasa, veal and peppers, and a pasta dish for the kids.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:15 AM   #3
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Yeah, I think that's it. We would have just had it a month ago.
Back when I had a full family mom would cook the turkey and come Christmas dad would cook the prime rib.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:18 AM   #4
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I usually have prime rib on Christmas, but I was going to make a turkey this year because all I had for Thanksgiving was a turkey breast, and I'm rather fond of dark meat.

Unfortunately, I did not remove the frozen turkey from the deep freeze in time for it to thaw properly, so I guess I'm stuck with the prime rib, eh? Beauty!
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:31 AM   #5
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The only time we ever have turkey is on Thanksgiving. Which is fine by me, since it's one meat I don't like all that much.

We're creatures of habit. Turkey for Thanksgiving, Prime Rib for Christmas, and Leg of Lamb for Easter. And it's pretty much the only days of the year I eat any of those things.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:38 AM   #6
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In Canada, you have turkey for your Thanksgiving don't you?

Growing up I remember we had turkey for both days. I've never liked turkey very much so now we never have it on Christmas. We usually do Prime Rib but this year we'll be barbequing a leg of lamb.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:42 AM   #7
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In Canada, you have turkey for your Thanksgiving don't you?

Growing up I remember we had turkey for both days. I've never liked turkey very much so now we never have it on Christmas. We usually do Prime Rib but this year we'll be barbequing a leg of lamb.
Yeah, we have it at Thanksgiving too. But, our Thanksgiving is early October, so still over two months from Christmas. At Christmas you also see ham on the table. My mother usually had ham or roast pork to go with the bird.......
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We're creatures of habit. Turkey for Thanksgiving, Prime Rib for Christmas, and Leg of Lamb for Easter. And it's pretty much the only days of the year I eat any of those things.
Not me. For Easter I make brandied rabbit in mustard sauce and invite all the neighborhood children for dinner on my patio!
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I think you are correct that a lot of Americans just had turkey a month ago, so they choose beef or ham. In my experience the choice of Christmas protein can be regional, it seems that in the east, beef (prime rib, crown roast) is more popular, while ham seems to be popular in the west and maybe the south. Even though I am a "Westie" it was usually ham or Turkey or both in my family. I am breaking the rules and cooking prime rib today because I had one in the freezer that needed to get used and it's just the two of us so a large bird was out of the question (we had turkey breast at Thanksgiving) ;-) I like big get-togethers where we can have both turkey and ham :)
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I can't speak for all Canadians, but I think it is safe to say that most Canucks are having Turkey dinner at Christmas.

Maybe you are having turkey and I just haven't read the right posts. But, I have seen a few beef dinners already.
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.
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