Although turkey is now the favoured bird to have for Christmas lunch here in England, it never used to be so. When I was much younger, the traditional choice for Christmas lunch would have been the goose. It was only in the 70's and 80's that people turned to turkey, because they had become so cheap.
I have very happy memories of going to the local market with my dad on Christmas Eve and picking out the bird for our Christmas lunch. I suppose here that I should apologize to all my vegetarian followers!
Many geese are still sold at Michaelmas, the 29th September. Traditionally, this holy day, coinciding with the end of harvest and the autumn equinox, was celebrated with the eating of a goose.
There has been a real resurgence of interest in the Michaelmas goose, but even more marked is the rise in enthusiasm for having goose as a Christmas bird, rather than turkey.
Roast potates cooked in goose fat are absolutely scrumptious and, because geese have more fat than a turkey, they are self-basting.
I was wondering about my American blogging friends - as you have had the turkey for Thanksgiving, do you also have it again at Christmas?