Christmas traditions changing: goodbye carp, hello turkey

In Culture, History, Winter on December 20, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , , , , ,

(c) Green Farm Hotel, Norfolk, UK

For decades, generations, even, breaded fried carp with potato salad has been the number-one Christmas Eve dinner. People who do not like carp, or who just do not want to fight with bones and risk swallowing one (dozens of people end up visiting an emergency room with a bone stuck in their throat), have fish fillets (boneless) instead.

Today I went by a butcher’s that had a huge specially made sign that said “Now taking orders for Christmas turkeys”.

Now, that’s new.

I am sure there have been families (not necessarily expats) that have turkey instead of fish, but so far I haven’t seen any business take care of these special needs, especially since it is possible to buy turkey any day of the year. So it does look like a signal that the number of Czech turkey-loving families is increasing… Czechs are known for “stealing other nations’ holidays”  (Halloween and jack-o-lanterns are the most recent example) so it might not take long…

In the Czech Republic Christmas presents are opened on December 24 after dinner. So far, at least…


3 Responses to “Christmas traditions changing: goodbye carp, hello turkey”

  1. Same here in Poland, Petr. The old style carp is losing ground to dishes that are tastier and less dangerous. Good thing in my opinion, I never really could get to love carp. I should say that here it tends to be moving towards other fish rather than turkey though, salmon for example.

  2. In Italy people prepare for dinner dish of eels cod or oysters. Also they traditionally eat consecrated goose at Christmas.

    By the way in Finland and other Scandinavian countries, the traditional Christmas decoration is a straw chandelier – Himmel (himmeli), which translated means, carport under heaven. It hung over the table as a symbol of a rich harvest in the New Year. Do not remove it until the summer.

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