• Main research by Sainsbury’s reveals the UK’s archetypal Christmas meal
• The roast potato is king, it’s turkey breast over leg and we’ll every eat three and a half desserts
• 77 per cent of ladies count on to be answerable for the cooking – however so do 45 per cent of males
• Some established traditions could also be in decline amongst the younger, together with the sprout
As Britain embarks on a serious festive meals store this weekend, a research of our consuming patterns this Christmas reveals a nation largely dedicated to custom, native sourcing and luxuries. Nevertheless, there’s a marked distinction between the older and youthful generations’ most well-liked menus.
The archetypal Christmas meal 2007
The typical Christmas dinner, attended by 5.25 company, will begin at 2.24pm and embody 3.63 roast potatoes, 2.54 spoonfuls of Brussels sprouts and a couple of.95 chipolatas, in keeping with the nationwide survey by Sainsbury’s. Nearly everybody is anticipated to eat turkey, with 73 per cent of individuals preferring white breast meat and 26 per cent choosing leg. Thick gravy is favoured over skinny by an element of three to at least one (69% vs 23%). The nation is break up evenly between those that will drink a toast in champagne (35%), and those that select glowing wine (37%).
We’ll additionally handle a mean 3.51 desserts every – a mixture of Christmas pudding (67%), mince pies (43%), goodies (28%) and Christmas cake (25%). One other 17 per cent will one way or the other discover room for cheese.
Sainsbury’s nutritionist Charlie Parker mentioned: “”It is a aid that Christmas comes simply annually as a result of if we ate like this on daily basis we might be in hassle! Whereas the festive plate is perhaps heaving, it is nonetheless attainable to make it effectively balanced and extremely nutritious – if just a little heavy on the energy. Turkey meat is a good supply of low-fat protein, Brussels sprouts are excessive in folic acid and vitamin C and potatoes and parsnips are stuffed with fibre.”
Sprouts are out?
There’s proof that for the youthful technology at the very least the Brussels Sprout is on the way in which out, with clear variations within the ranges of its reputation by age.  The 18-24 12 months olds are resigned to the truth that they are going to be on their plates this 12 months, however fewer than 7% charge them a favorite Christmas ingredient.  Sprouts are hottest with the 55+ age group, rating fourth on their record of hottest Christmas meal components. 
The roast potato – the undisputed Christmas champion
The decline of the Christmas pudding amongst the younger could also be as a result of storage capability points after their predicted above common roast potato consumption.  Greater than a 3rd (34%) of the 18-24 age bracket will eat 5 or extra roast potatoes as a part of their Christmas meal. A complete of 95 per cent of all Christmas meals will function roasties, with 52 per cent of individuals naming them as a favorite festive meals. Greater than a 3rd of the 18-24 age bracket will eat greater than 5 roasties. Remarkably,  37 per cent of individuals expressed a want for mashed in addition to roast potato.
Parsnips, peas and broccoli will be part of sprouts on the Christmas plate. Surprisingly, nevertheless, some conventional trimmings show much less common. Just one% of these questioned rated pink cabbage amongst their favorite components, 2% brandy butter, 3% Stilton and 4% cranberry sauce.
A story of two dinners
Though turkey and roast potatoes are common with everybody, there are marked variations between the typical Christmas meal for the over-55s and the under-25s.
Requested to charge their excellent festive meals, the older technology opted for prawn cocktail, turkey and sprouts, washed down with pink wine and adopted by Christmas pudding. Among the many under-25s, favourites had been sage and onion stuffing, sausages and mashed potatoes, with goodies for pudding.
The standard Christmas pudding additionally polarises opinion between the 2 generations. It’s a favorite ingredient for 21% of the 55-plus age group, but solely 6% of the 18-24s charge it at a favorite. Probably the kids don’t have any room for wealthy pudding after consuming 5 or extra potatoes.
 (all ranked so as of desire and chosen from a listing of 59 doubtless components for a Christmas meal)
What’s on the plate?: 18-24 12 months olds
1. Roast potatoes
2. Turkey breast
3. Sage and onion stuffing
4. Gravy
5. Parsnips
6. Sausages
7. Chipolatas
8. Bacon
9. Goodies
10. Mashed potato
 
What’s on the plate?: 55+ age group
1. Roast potatoes
2. Turkey breast
3. Christmas pudding
4. Brussels sprouts
5. Parsnips
6. Purple wine
7. Beef
8. Turkey leg
9. Sage and onion stuffing
10. Prawn cocktail

Sainsbury’s nutritionist Charlie Parker commented: “The younger clearly tend to favour protein and starch.  There are two kinds of potato, 4 meats and no greens on the 18-24’s favorite plate this Christmas.  The famed youthful candy tooth can be in abeyance, with goodies the one non-savoury ingredient at quantity 9 on the record.”
She added: “The 55+ age group see this meal as a three-course occasion, with prawn cocktail to start out, a balanced mixture of conventional favourites in the principle course and Christmas pudding to complete.  The over 55s have additionally opted for Brussels sprouts, including some vital greens to the meal, and so they have opted to clean it down with a glass of pink wine.  It will maybe make up for the absence of gravy.”
Who’ll do the cooking?
It’s, maybe, no shock that 77 per cent of ladies count on to be answerable for the cooking on Christmas Day. Confusingly, nevertheless, so do 45 per cent of males. Will a number of the male would-be cooks uncover that their companies aren’t required on the day itself? Or will ladies benefit from the surprising likelihood to place their toes up?
Marginally extra males (69%) than ladies (62%) say they are going to be doing the washing up or loading the dishwasher.
Sourcing
Luxurious components and British produce are the principal standards for British customers. For women and men, although, the priorities are reversed, with males favouring luxurious over British produce and girls choosing British fare over luxurious. The third most vital issue is native sourcing and the fourth is free-range meat. Twice as many over-55s charge British components as vital in contrast with the 18-24 year-olds, whose precedence is luxurious. For the 55s and above, luxurious is the third most vital criterion.
Sofa potatoes or energetic oldies?
In all 89% of us will take part some type of celebration on Christmas Day. Half of us can have the meal at dwelling on the eating desk (52%), with only one in twenty (6%) consuming in the lounge – probably in entrance of the TV. A 3rd can have it with prolonged household or in-laws and solely 2% can have it with pals.
The youthful technology will eat extra and hunch on the couch this Christmas Day, with 72 per cent opting to look at movies and almost half play board video games (48%) after the meal. A complete of 43% count on to go to sleep on the couch and simply 30 per cent will go for a stroll.
By comparability, the over-55s are much more energetic, with 45 per cent selecting to stroll off a number of the Christmas energy and solely 38% prone to have a sleep.
Counting the energy
Regardless of what Sainsbury’s estimates will likely be a mean 6,000 energy consumed on Christmas day, 45% of individuals say they don’t intend to food regimen in any respect to minimise the influence of Christmas. Nevertheless, 31% of ladies and 24% of males say they’ll watch what they eat, whereas 12% of ladies are already weight-reduction plan. An additional 10% will begin a slimming regime in January.
There’s proof that persons are nonetheless full on Boxing Day, with 37% saying they’re extra prone to have a modest turkey sandwich than the rest.
The “construct up”
With workplace lunches and meals with different family members to contemplate, greater than seven in ten individuals (71%) eat multiple Christmas dinner through the festive interval. 4 out of ten (37%) eat two, almost 1 / 4 (24%) three and a couple of% handle six or extra.
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Extra info: Hamish Thompson, 07702 684290 / Tracey Harrison 07708 044671
All figures, except in any other case acknowledged, are from YouGov Plc.  Whole pattern measurement was 2,583 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 27th November – 4th December 2007.  The survey was carried out on-line. The figures have been weighted and are consultant of all UK adults (aged 18+).