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Is it true that it is illegal to have more than three courses for Christmas lunch?
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This was emailed to me as a part of a promo package by a quiz company.

I have never heard of this law.

Is it true? They say it is.

Does anyone know the truth?
Supplement from 12/18/2008 01:40pm:
We are talking illegal in Britain here. And presumably unrepealed and so still law today.

I have heard of most trivial legal survivals but this one is new on me. Hence the question.

asked in Law, food, christmas



robinsamuels answers:

Illegal where or how?

Oh my God, I'm stuffed when we get to Portugal. We start eating the moment we get there and continue for about 3 days!

Never heard of this myth, though it's the sort of thing that may have been put about by the church in the past.


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seacommander answers:

In view of all of the restaurants that advertise 4 course Christmas lunches I think it reasonable to assume that the law does not exist.

Mind you with a nation that's becoming increasingly overweight/obese, it migh be a very good idea to have a law to limit overindulgence!!

http://www.hilton.co.uk/assets/HI/cms/live/huki/central_north/hilton_garden_inn_...

Even the political parties would be flouting the law:

http://www.flocktogether.org.uk/event/4244


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jacquesdor answers:

It is still illegal to eat mince pies on Christmas day,but I can´t find a three course law!


Supplement from 12/18/2008 02:14pm:

It’s illegal to have more than three courses for Xmas dinner. We are legally required to attend church on Christmas Day,
Found it!
Here
http://www.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p=17148


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imfeduptoo answers:

It says here (At the end)that it is illegal:

"Several of these outdated (but as yet, supposedly, unrepealed) laws relate to Christmas - a controversial topic for many centuries - and would certainly make what we currently think of as a traditional British Christmas illegal. We’re not allowed to eat puddings or mince pies on Xmas Day, under a law from Henry VIII’s reign (or from Cromwell‘s time, depending on the source), because they are “offensive and blasphemous”. It’s illegal to have more than three courses for Xmas dinner."
http://www.qi.com/talk/viewtopic.php?t=742&start=0


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mercman99 answers:

Oh no! The Christmas Dinner police are out to get us.
Who cares?


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