Sunday, 18 December 2011

Christmas Dinner Facts


Christmas dinner. You spend hours planning it, shopping for it and lugging it home through busy crowds and stand-still traffic. You spoon brandy over your Christmas cake for months, and order your turkey weeks before. You spend quite a large part of Christmas Eve and Christmas morning getting things ready, mixing stuffing, and peeling veg. And then, on the big day, amid a flurry of cracker pulling, joke telling and trying not to let your paper hat slip off, it's all eaten.

Interestingly, Sainsburys, and also the Brussels Sprouts Press Office have come up with some statistical facts that I thought I'd share with you, all about our beloved traditional Christmas dinner. Whether you want to impress someone with your Christmas knowledge, you just like statistics, or want to be reassured that these sorts of things don't just happen to you, I hope you enjoy. 

According to research from Sainsbury's:
  • The average Brit spends 6.3 hours preparing the Christmas dinner from shelf to plate.
  • This, the most anticipated meal of the year, is polished off in an average of 75 minutes.
  • Scrooge! Things Brits begrudge about Christmas: 18% said that buying food you don't normally buy annoyed them, 12% said they hated hosting Christmas gatherings and 10% begrudged having to go and visit the in-laws.
  • 39% of British people are confused about whether they should drink red or white wine with their Christmas dinner.

Image: Love Your Greens

The Brussels Sprouts Press Office at Love Your Greens said that:
  • Last December in the UK (2011) we munched through 750.9 million sprouts, and bought 9,762 tonnes of them.
  • Although it's often joked that sprouts are the least favourite part of the Christmas dinner, according to a survey held by a newspaper, 71.8% of us actually love Brussels sprouts.
And according to an article in the Daily Mail:
  • The average family spends £133.70 on Christmas dinner, but one-fifth of it will go in the bin.
  • The Christmas season is thought to generate an extra 50 million bags of rubbish, or the equivalent of £600m of wasted food.

What do you think? Do you agree with the findings here? Have your say in the comments below!


  1. What a great post with some fun facts! Although the part about how much extra food is wasted doesn't surprise me but is so ridiculous.... it's a good reminder not to go completely overboard (which I am prone to do!) and eat everything!

  2. Ohh, I do love a Christmas stat! But I most definitely fit into the 29% of us who aren't so chuffed to see the Brussels sprouts being rolled out each Christmas