Generation Z has “canceled” Brussels sprouts? I applaud this common sense

Previously, November was a month’s no man’s land. The sad calendar page people couldn’t wait to tear up so they could crack this Christmas.

Let’s face it, once the last colorful leaves fall from the trees, the stark sight of bare branches coupled with ever shorter daylight hours can be a mind-blowing combination.

Sailing in November fuels the same impatient hustle and bustle as being stuck aboard a circling plane in a holding pattern. The seat belt panel is on. You desperately need the toilet. Everyone is restless. Time is elastic.

After what seems like an eternity, the sparkling runway lights finally appear – or December 1 in that laborious analogy – and the good times roll.

Well, it was like that before. Nowadays, there is little pause to breathe. No sooner were the last Halloween disguises gone and the sagging pumpkins were tossed on the compost heap than Christmas softened in the blocks.

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On November 1, singer Mariah Carey kicked off singer Mariah Carey who, clearly keen to secure royalties for her new single and upcoming Apple TV + special, posted a video of herself. smashing pumpkins with a barley sugar striped baseball bat. The clip was accompanied by the ominous slogan: “It’s time. ”

Hot on her shiny high heels: John Lewis. The department store chain unveiled its Christmas ad last week, featuring a UFO crash and a chaste kiss between an alien girl and a human boy. I wasn’t sure what he was selling. Are they teaming up with Jeff Bezos to offer space flights?

Coming to the outer lane: the mandatory gadget item. Heinz has announced a limited edition Christmas Big Soup Dinner, offering an entire meal in a box (it looks pretty tasty – things have come a long way from the dark, distant days of soggy Fray Bentos pies).

Christmas dinner with all the garnishes, including Brussels sprouts. Image: Getty

The black horse punt: could Brussels sprouts go the way of Dodo? Nearly three-quarters of 18-24 year olds will give prominence to the holiday staple, according to a new Tesco survey.

It’s an explosive revelation. Even though cabbages are the vegetarian equivalent of Mrs Brown’s Boys – tasteless, smelly and no one will ever admit to being a fan – we still eat them. It’s the tradition. Mandatory, even.

Well, it looks like the daring Gen Zs (those born after 1997) are tearing up the rulebook. Not only are the sprouts in danger of being ‘canceled’ – as the jargon says – but the concept of a formal sit-down dinner with all the trimmings is also sidelined. Instead, “Christmas brunch” is gaining traction.

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We must admire this common sense. If Millennials (born 1981-1996) have gained a reputation as a tasteless, whiny bunch, then Gen Z clearly has backbones of steel. As a middle-aged Gen X slacker here, I’m strangely impressed with this verve.

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