At the beginning of the nineteenth century, most people ate beef or goose for Christmas. Turkey was rare, and very expensive. This is because livestock used to be walked to market. Turkeys weren’t good walkers! They had to have leather shoes made for their feet. They also lost weight, and had to be fattened up again before they were sold. Then, livestock began to be transported by train. The price of turkeys fell, and they became a popular Christmas meal for large Victorian families!