We take Christmas in The Cotswolds seriously at The Lucky Onion and believe that the details and traditions are part and perfectly-wrapped-parcel of the festive season. We’re hosting Christmas Day lunches and Christmas Parties across our Cotswolds hotels, restaurants and inns – The Wild Duck, The Wheatsheaf Inn and No. 131 this year. So, if you want all the trimmings without the work, download our Christmas Brochure and let us deal with the washing up.
CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES
It’s perhaps not too much of a surprise to learn that it’s all down to Henry VIII that we tuck into turkey on Christmas Day. He was given six birds by New World explorer William Strickland who picked up the turkeys from American Indian traders on his travels. Since then the humble turkey has made several appearances at our Christmas dinner tables throughout the ages – and now a whopping 10 million of them are eaten each year.
Tradition doesn’t stop at our favourite festive bird though. Alongside the roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts, parsnips, redcurrant jelly, bread sauce, gravy and stuffing, we also love pigs in blankets, which hark back centuries to the 1600s, when field labourers in England used to put meat inside bacon as a quick and nourishing meal on the go.
Then of course, there’s the Christmas pudding. It dates even further back to medieval England with a custom that the plum pudding should be made on the 25th Sunday after Trinity, prepared with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and the 12 apostles. Every family was supposed to stir it in turn from east to west to honour The Three Kings and their journey in that same direction. Traditionally a silver sixpence was also stirred into the mix, to bring the finder wealth and good luck in the year to come.
But, the most important question is, what time should you start eating? We say, early afternoon so you don’t miss the Queen’s Speech at 3pm!
OUR FAVOURITE FESTIVE FACTS
1. Apparently Robins on cards were a joke that started 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were nick-named Robins.
2. Many parts of the Christmas tree can be eaten, the needles in particular provide a good source of Vitamin C.
3. Christmas gift wrap used in the UK every year would cover the island of Guernsey.
4. The best-selling Christmas song ever is White Christmas by Bing Crosby. It’s sold more than 50 million copies around the world.
5. Since 1947 Oslo has sent a Christmas tree to London every year to thank the UK for its help in the Second World War.