The Grapevine

Christmas with the Colonel

For some, Christmas is time to eat cookies, candy canes, and gingerbread. For 3.6 million families in Japan, ’tis the season for Kentucky Fried Chicken.


  • Colonel Sanders still smiling after 24-year Japan dip from Reuters
  • How KFC made Christmas all about fried chicken — in Japan from Business Insider
  • Why Japan celebrates Christmas with KFC from BBC Capital
  • Why Japan Is Obsessed With Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas from Smithsonian Magazine


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