stuff.co.nz – The secret to Kiwis’ oddly unseasonal Christmas food traditions lies in the emotional power they have over us.
We laugh at ourselves with the image of a Father Christmas in full red suit designed to handle a snowstorm walking along a sunny Kiwi beach wearing sunnies and jandals. But that sums up the incongruity of our ‘traditional’ Christmas.
Why do so many of us have that roasted turkey and steamed plum pudding on a hot summer’s day when all the windows are wide open?
Research tells us it might be because they involve rituals of presentation and eating. Other research suggests that when we prepare and eat food through a ritual it tastes better. Yet more research tells us that humans bond over food.
Add all that together – food, ritual, family – in one rare occasion and you have an event that leaves a deep impression.
Otago Polytechnic lecturer Chloe Humphreys teaches culinary arts and says it’s the whole event that makes the desire for traditional food make sense.
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