Now that Thanksgiving is over (a lovely American holiday, we would like to add), we can finally get back to the REAL turkey business: Christmas.
It's time we #TakeTheTurkey and remind everyone that there's nothing quite like an English Christmas dinner.
Turkey was introduced to Britain by William Strickland - a traveler who acquired the birds on his journey to the Americas. It was quickly adopted as the traditional Christmas meal (especially after King Edward VII made it fashionable), although it was a luxury reserved for few until more recent years.
Although the bangers, crackers, and roast veg are important as well, we can't imagine a Christmas dinner without a turkey. Apparently neither can anyone else! According to a survey by Express UK, "A staggering 87 per cent of people in the UK believe Christmas would not be Christmas without the traditional roast turkey at the table".
What do you think? Will you #TakeTheTurkey from your American neighbors and serve it for Xmas this year?
First of all, biscuits must be prepared. All biscuit choices are acceptable (although Digestives or Walker's Shortbread are preferred) as showcased in my arrangement:
Next, you have to use a teapot. For your auditory and visual experience, pouring out of a teapot is non-negotiable, and that's before we even mention the taste buds. Proven to brew to perfection, a Brown Betty is the only way to go. If none of these reasons convince you, think of your reputation as a Brit (or an anglophile). You're letting us down kettle-pourers. Despicable.
Finally, and most importantly, your tea choice must match the occasion. Keeping a fully stocked cabinet in preparation for visitors of all varieties is essential for you to have a spot of tea. I drank this one alone, so naturally the choice was PG Tips, but I had Yorkshire Gold on hand in case my very proper neighbors decided to drop by. One must keep up appearances, after all.
Do you agree with our advice, or are we totally out of line by failing to mention the order of the milk and tea pour? Tell us your tea essentials in the comments!