I realized that England and America consume turkey differently only within the last few days. This is likely because I haven’t been in my home country around Thanksgiving in several years. But now after spending that holiday in America, and now Christmas in England, I see one very big difference.
We eat turkey at different times. It explains how the bird farmers manage to keep up with the demand of all the Western countries turkey needs. American consume the largest amount of turkey at Thanksgiving, the last Thursday of November. There goes several million (a guesstimate) of the world’s turkey’s all in one day. We need our turkey because it is bonded with the Thanksgiving tale of the pilgrims and Indians (which is false, but tradition holds), we have to maintain our yearly Presidential turkey pardon, and it goes so perfectly with sweet potato casserole and pie.
But in England, they don’t have a Thanksgiving. What would they be thankful for in November? Thank you Americans for leaving us, and lighting the spark that led to the separation of the UK and USA? Not likely. So instead, the Brits get their gobbler cravings satisfied on Christmas, or Christmas Eve. For the English, it isn’t a Christmas feast without their giant bird. In America, the Christmas meat might be a big chicken, a honey baked ham (my personal favourite) or maybe a turkey. But one meat doesn’t define the holiday meal for us Yanks.
Canadians eat their turkey on a different day from Americans as well. They have their Thanksgiving several weeks before America, and months before the Christmas turkey England indulges in.
By having these three turkey feasts weeks or months apart, farmers can breed different aged groups of turkey to keep up with the demand. For a good turkey it has to grow to 25 weeks. With the separation, this allows farmers to begin prep for the Canadians early, then start a new flock for the Americans, and a final flock for the Brits. All the turkey the world needs, meeting the demand, all thanks to a difference in holiday traditions.
Merry Christmas everyone, and enjoy your turkey!!