The Goose of Christmas Past

Christmas Goose

So much of the way we celebrate Christmas actually borrows from the Dickensian Christmas of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. And, at the center of that story is the Christmas goose. Who doesn’t love that scene in A Christmas Carol where Scrooge, animated by the yuletide spirit flings open his bedroom window on a crisp, cold Christmas morning and bids a lad passing by to run to the market, purchase the biggest goose, and bring it back—an act that Scrooge awards handsomely?

If turkeys are for Thanksgiving, geese are for Christmas. Cooked in the manner of a turkey, the meat is darker, richer, and some say “gamier”, a feast for a true gourmand. Paring well with figs, nuts, apples, and other Fall fruits, the goose best accompanies wine like a Burgundy or Cabernet, for example. Also served at New Year’s Eve dinner parties, the goose is beginning to make a comeback; sales are their highest since the goose’s heyday in Victorian England.

The Goose of Christmas Past, it appears, is on its way to becoming the Goose of Christmas Present, and–while we continue our work at finding a source for this water fowl–you can find goose meat for your holiday table this year by visiting Heritage Foods USA. Until then, for us it will remain the Goose of Christmas Future.

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  1. Dr Terence FitzSimons
    Dr Terence FitzSimons says:

    Ooops! If you read the Oxford University Press edition of A Christmas Carol, you’ll find that Scrooge is actually buying a large prize turkey for the Cratchit family.
    It may be that early American editions decided turkey was best reserved for Thanksgiving…
    But trust me, the Cratchit family feasted on turkey.
    (Oh, and unless I’m mistaken, that’s a turkey in the illustration!)

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