I just thought of 5 more Christmas foods that I relate to Christmas and again wanted to find out a little bit more about why they have also become associated with the festive period. This is what I have discovered:
Christmas Pudding – its origins are medieval and it is sometimes known as plum pudding. Although it can be known as plum pudding it has never actually contained any plums, pre Victorians used this term for raisins. It is traditionally served as part of the Christmas dinner in the UK. The pudding is made up of a variety of dried fruits all held together by egg and suet, moistened by treacle or molasses and flavoured with spices. Puddings are normally aged fro anything up to a year. The high alcohol content preserves it during this time.
Pudding on your trousers before your shoes is a bad idea!
Stollen –Stollen is a type of fruitcake and is the most exported cake from Germany. Is one of the most famous Christmas delights of the world. It is actually the most exported cake from Germany. German families pass recipes down from generation to generation with their own selected spices. Stollen is like a fine wine and gets better as it gets older. Every family recipe has it own selected spice mix, which is passed down from generation to generation. A Stollen is baked traditionally during the time of the advent early December.
Q: Guess what happened to some lovely German Christmas cake yesterday I bought yesterday?
A: It was stollen this morning.
Selection boxes – The history of selection boxes is not really known but it is a gift box commonly connected with Christmas. They became more common around the late 19th and early 20th century Britain. Chocolatiers, Rowntree’s and Cadbury founded the early selection boxes, which were saved for by way of a Christmas club over many months, to be collected around Christmas time. Customers could choose the content and these would often the price would exceed a week’s wages. The modern selection box has become a basic Christmas gift of chocolate. Companies mass-produce selection boxes at Christmas time and they are piled high in shops. In the 60’s and 70’s games were printed on the reverse of the boxes adding to the desirability of each brand’s selection box offering.
Q: Is a selection box the best Christmas present?
A: No it’s a broken drum, you can’t beat it!
Coco cola – Coke had a massive part in defining our image of Santa. In the 1930’s they created Christmas advertisements depicting a jolly, red-suited St. Nick. The Iconic Coca-Cola Christmas Trucks were first launched on our TV screens in 1995. The twinkling Coca-Cola trucks making their way across a snowy landscape are now a familiar advertisement letting us know that ‘Holidays Are Coming’. The trucks were created by the agency W B Doner and the images of the Coca-Cola Santa by artist Haddon Sundblom. These magical trucks, now a much loved part of Christmas, tour the UK on an annual Christmas Truck Tour.
Q: Did you hear about the guy who got hit in the head with a can of Coke?
A: He was lucky it was a soft drink.
5. Eggnog – I’m not too keen on this. I think you either love it or hate it, there isn’t any in-between. Families have grown up drinking eggnog but not mine. The OED tells us that, across the pond in centuries past, ‘nog was “a strong variety of beer” to English drinkers around Norfolk. (The possibly related Shetlandic word “nugg” referred to “ale warmed with a hot poker.”) The word “noggin” refers to your head, but also, in places like Ireland even today, to “a small drinking vessel.” Eggnog is a drink of eggs, dairy, sugar, and alcohol. The English have been mixing eggnog for several hundred years, and the drink crossed the Atlantic with the early American colonists.