“Turkey is the main course in more Christmas dinners than any other meat or fowl.” -Patricia Del Re, The Christmas Almanack.
Today the traditional Christmas dinner usually involves turkey and a meat dish with all the trimmings. However, during the 1500s in England, upper-class Christmas celebrations involved a particularly sinister and grisly centerpiece as the main dish: a flaming boar’s head. The head was served to guests with candles inside the cooked boar’s mouth to make it appear flaming. Although it may not be appetizing to us now, back then they used to sing a song about it and the kind of threat it posed to people when the boar was alive
Did you know a flaming boar’s head was the original Dinner?