If it’s Christmas in Japan, that can only mean it’s time for a visit from an old white man with a beard—yes, Colonel Sanders himself.
In Japan, enjoying a chicken dinner from KFC on Christmas is apparently as much of a holiday tradition as hanging stockings on the fire and decking the halls with boughs of holly. In fact, KFC is so popular at this time of year, that in some instances, you have to put in your order two months in advance and pay a pretty penny to ensure you’ll be dining on that finger lickin’ chicken on this holy night.
How did such a tradition develop?
You can read more about it here, but back in the 1970s, Westerners who lived in Japan started ordering from KFC on Christmas due to the lack of turkeys in that country. KFC saw the potential and, like any good corporate capitalist, marketed the fuck out of the idea that Christmas=KFC until a tradition was
bought born. Other fast food brands like McDonalds have tried to muscle their way into the lucrative Christmas market, but no one’s been able to dethrone the Colonel yet. I guess traditions are hard to break.
With that said, KFC isn’t resting on their laurels just because they’re #1. Every year, they reveal a new Christmas menu and other treats so here’s your look at what Christmas at a Japanese KFC will look like in 2012: