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Why is glazed ham only served on Christmas?

Asked by 01101101 (252points) December 24th, 2015

And what tradition is it originally from? Merry Christmas!

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AdventureElephants's avatar

What about Easter?

Lightlyseared's avatar

Because the rest of the year people are too busy to cook anything other than junk.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Common alongside turkey at thanksgiving

jca's avatar

People eat it all year long that I am aware of.

In my family, we’re not big ham eaters because it’s salty and therefore, you’ll retain water.

SavoirFaire's avatar

My family always served both ham and turkey on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. My wife’s grandmother used to make glazed ham every month or so. I don’t think that glazed ham is limited to Christmas so much as it is strongly associated with Christmas (which can overshadow other occasions on which it is served).

elbanditoroso's avatar

The gestation period of pigs is just under 4 months—actually 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. And then the pigs need time to grow into something large enough to be slaughtered.

There is one breed of pig that is fed lots of sugar throughout the gestation and growing process – Suidae Sucrosa – whose meat is so sweet that they are tasty even without the need for additional glazing. But those take even longer to grow into something suitable for a holiday meal.

All of this is a long way of saying that specialized holiday-quality swine take a while to raise, and take special care. And so they aren’t available all year – they are timed for holidays.

filmfann's avatar

It isn’t, but it is a popular meal for the day, just like turkey for Thanksgiving. We have these several times a year.

marinelife's avatar

It isn’t. It is often served as an alternative on Thanksgiving, at New Year’s, Easter and just as Sunday dinner.

JLeslie's avatar

As far as I know you can have it all year long.

Maybe I don’t know the difference between glazed ham and other ham?

Coloma's avatar

You can have whatever you want whenever you want, there are no rules.
We make a “Thanksgiving” dinner here about once a month all year long.
We use chicken breasts instead of turkey, and make all the trimmings, mashed potatoes, grilled brussels sprouts, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, yams. I’d say it is the die hard, stuck in the box, traditionalists that never think they could have a holiday dinner and day of the year. haha

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