Ham will be the most popular protein on Kiwis’ plates this Christmas Day. Retail Meat New Zealand and Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Great Kiwi Christmas Survey polled more than 3,300 Kiwis and pork is winning with 36.2% of the vote with Lamb next at 31.2% and beef at 10.9%. And 56% of Kiwis say they will be having two meals on Christmas day, two thirds will be using the oven and one third doing it on the ol’ BBQ. The survey has been running four years and delving deep into our habits it reveals 37.3% of people will take 2-3 days to prepare their Christmas meal, with 53 % opting for an early afternoon sit down. And as for dessert 71% are opting for Pavlova, with fresh strawberries and ice cream coming in second place at 45%. Mosgiel Butcher Sam Hutchinson says pricing is a big driver with beef considered expensive and lamb getting up there so but he says most people still lean towards more traditional meat options for Christmas.