Forget the reindeer, the mistletoe and even the tree – Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without SPUDS.
The humble roast potato beat turkey, stuffing and Christmas pudding as the most popular food on December 25.
Carrots took the second spot ahead of turkey, gravy, stuffing, ‘pigs in blankets’, parsnips, sprouts, Christmas pud and Yorkshire pudding.
And a survey of 2,000 Brits by Asda, to mark the launch of its Christmas TV advert this week, highlighted December 5th as the day when folk really get into the seasonal swing.
That’s the day most people will first don a Christmas jumper, put up their tree and watch their first Christmas movie.
The average Brit will buy their first present on November 20th and eat their first mince pie on 29th November.
An Asda spokesman said: “Christmas is one of those occasions that doesn’t need messing with too much.
“We’ve done our best this year to make traditional favourites that little bit more special and have won numerous awards for things like our new recipe mince pies, cranberry sauce and festive turkey – all key components for the perfect Christmas.”
The survey, conducted to coincide with the launch of the supermarket’s Christmas TV ads, also pinpoints the day and time most people first start to feel a festive glow – 1.38pm on December 1.
And despite the fact that we live in a fast-moving, high-tech world, most people will be enjoying a traditional Christmas this year.
Over 60 per cent are still sending Christmas cards by mail, pulling crackers and sitting round the telly in the afternoon.
Almost half will dutifully wear the paper hats that pop out of crackers and a third will clear the head with a walk after their Christmas lunch.
Most popular food consumed on Christmas Day
1. Roast potatoes
6. Pigs in blankets
8. Brussels sprouts
9. Christmas pudding
10. Yorkshire pudding
11. Cranberry sauce
13. Cauliflower cheese
14. Roast ham
15. Smoked salmon
16. Roast beef
18. Bread sauce
20. Roast chicken
21. Roast sweet potatoes
22. Roast lamb
24. Cheese sauce
26. Nut roast
The 10 days of Christmas
20th Nov Buy first Christmas present
29th Nov First mince pie
3rd Dec First glass of mulled wine
4th First Christmas kiss
5th Dec Wear Christmas jumper
5th Dec Put up Christmas tree
5th Dec Play a Christmas song/album
5th Dec Watch Christmas-themed movie
6th Dec First Christmas sandwich
7th Dec First glass of ‘festive fizz’
7th Host or attend first Christmas party