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Ham is the winner for Christmas dinner

Ham is the winner for Christmas dinner

The results are in and ham is still the country’s favourite Christmas Day feast, according to a recent survey.

The latest Fly Buys/Colmar Brunton Mood of the New Zealand Traveller survey, released by the Tourism Industry Association, shows more New Zealanders favour ham for Christmas dinner (24%), than runner up turkey (20%), or lamb (18%).

Fly Buys Chief Executive Lance Walker says while almost two-thirds still prefer traditional festive fare, many of us are willing to branch out.

“According to the survey 62% of the country favour the traditional choices of ham, turkey and lamb at Christmas. Ham took out first place for two years in a row, but has dropped by 5%-points in popularity from last year, while the popularity of lamb has increased from 14% to 18% this year.

“While the majority of the nation still favour traditional choices, for many Kiwis a barbeque of prawns at the beach is just as good a way to celebrate Christmas as a roast dinner with all of the trimmings. In fact 10% of us picked seafood as our favourite Christmas meal. Pork came in fifth place at 9%,” Mr Walker says.

When it comes to the biggest causes of holiday stress, it’s money worries, with 22% of New Zealanders saying this is the biggest source of frustration over the holiday period, followed by choosing presents (12%), relations (10%), traffic (8%) and having to work (8%), while 23% aren’t expecting any holiday stress at all.


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