Move over turkey, stuffing and even Yorkshire puddings – Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas without spuds. The humble roast potato has come top of a list of the most popular food on December 25. Carrots took the second spot ahead of pigs in blankets, parsnips, sprouts and Christmas pud, in the survey of 2,000 Brits by Asda.
Dec 5 starts the festive season
The results also highlighted December 5th as the day when we really get into the seasonal swing. That’s the day most people will first don a Christmas jumper, put up their tree and watch their first Christmas movie.
People feel a festive glow at 1.38pm on December 1
The average Brit will buy their first present on November 20th and eat their first mince pie on November 29th.
The survey, conducted to coincide with the launch of the supermarket's Christmas TV ads, also pinpoints the day and time most people first start to feel a festive glow – 1.38pm on December 1.
Dreaming of a traditional Christmas
And despite the fact that we live in a fast-moving, high-tech world, most people will be enjoying a traditional Christmas this year. Over 60 per cent are still sending Christmas cards by mail, pulling crackers and sitting round the telly in the afternoon.
Almost half will dutifully wear the paper hats that pop out of crackers and a third will clear the head with a walk after their Christmas lunch.
Most popular food on Christmas Day
- Roast potatoes
- Pigs in blankets
- Brussels sprouts
- Christmas pudding
- Yorkshire pudding
- Cranberry sauce
- Cauliflower cheese
- Roast ham
- Smoked salmon
- Roast beef
- Bread sauce
- Roast chicken
- Roast sweet potatoes
- Roast lamb
- Cheese sauce
- Nut roast
The 10 days of Christmas
- 20th Nov - Buy first Christmas present
- 29th Nov - First mince pie
- 3rd Dec - First glass of mulled wine
- 4th Dec - First Christmas kiss
- 5th Dec - Wear Christmas jumper
- 5th Dec - Put up Christmas tree
- 5th Dec - Play a Christmas song/album
- 5th Dec - Watch Christmas-themed movie
- 6th Dec - First Christmas sandwich
- 7th Dec - First Christmas party
- For food and gift inspiration, check out our round up of the best National Trust Christmas markets