Professor Andrew Jotischky is Head of the History Department at Lancaster University. His research interests are centred on medieval religious beliefs, traditions and practices, and on religious institutions.
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    For we all like figgy pudding!

    On Christmas Day most of us will be sitting down to a large dinner made of the same kind of food: turkey and stuffing, various trimmings, brussels sprouts, followed by Christmas pudding and mince pies. We take it for granted that this is traditional Christmas food, even if we are aware that turkey replaced goose only in the twentieth century, and that there is a huge variety of other kinds of seasonal foods, including spiced beef and ham.