Amuse Bouche

When night fell, all gathered together around the table, where smoked the Christmas dinner....  The roast goose, stuffed with potatoes and onions, the pig’s head, garlanded with curly cabbage, a piece of salt beef, and an abundance of potatoes was, and is, the never-changing menu in these humble, Christian households. In places where there is a little more pretension, a rice pudding, plentifully sprinkled with currants, or a plum pudding, is in much request. And then the decks are cleared for action; and the great Christmas cake, black with raisins, is surrounded and steamed by smoking tumblers of punch....

From Glenanaar by Canon PA Sheehan.
My (Amateur) Note: book published 1905, events described therein took place late 1830s