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Kiwis Pick Lamb as the Star of Christmas Dinners

Portrait of lovely lamb staring at the camera in cattle barn.

In the land of the long white cloud, lamb is the king when it comes to the Christmas feast! Retail Meat New Zealand’s latest survey, which has become a festive tradition itself, now in its sixth year, has dished out some interesting findings. Over 3,000 Kiwis chimed in, and guess what? A good 34.29% of them are all about lamb on Christmas Day. Ham, the usual festive favourite, is just a whisker behind at 33.17%.

But wait, there’s more to the Christmas table than just the main course. Beef trotted in third place with 13.34%, and whole chicken, with 7.97%, just managed to flutter past turkey, which got 7.75% of the vote. It seems like turkey’s not the top bird anymore!

Now, this survey wasn’t just a tick-box affair. Promoted through the digital grapevines of Retail Meat New Zealand, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, and NZPork, it even dangled a carrot – well, not literally – with the chance to win one of five Blitzen Meat Boxes.

And what’s a Christmas meal without the sides? Potatoes and kumara were the runaway favourites, scoring 91.03% and 55.82% respectively. But let’s not forget the greens – broccoli, carrots, and salads are also securing their spots on the festive table.

As for the sweet ending, pavlova is the queen of desserts, relished by 70.13% of the folks. Trifle, strawberries with ice cream, and fruit salad are also in the mix, making sure the Christmas feast ends on a sugary high note.

Katie Ward from Beef + Lamb New Zealand Inc had her say too. She reckons food’s the real MVP of Christmas, bringing everyone together. And a leg of lamb? That’s not just tasty; it’s perfect for a crowd.

The survey also peeked into what else goes down on Christmas Day in Kiwi households. Opening presents is a biggie (77.47%), followed by backyard games (47.08%) and movie marathons (41.65%).

Oh, and about that Christmas (fruit) cake debate? Turns out, most folks (82.5%) are either fans or okay with it. Only a handful (17.08%) aren’t on board, and a tiny fraction haven’t even tried it. So, it looks like Christmas cake isn’t going anywhere!