Part three of our Christmas Traditions across the globe focuses on Japan and its tasty but unusual Christmas dinner choice: KFC.

It seems Japan loves KFC so much they’ve made it a national custom to eat it over the festive period, specifically on the 23rd, 24th and 25th December. With the country going crazy for this finger lickin’ goodness, you can be expected to place an order up to two months in advance to secure your Christmas feast!

It all started back when…

It was the 1970s when some clever marketeers launched a series of ad campaigns suggesting KFC for Christmas. With turkeys relatively scarce in Japan, it quickly became a popular custom with KFC having almost half of their annual sales during the festive period.

Boneless bucket anyone?

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