The Christmas meal is a complex symbol rich with meaning.
The Esomar publication RW Connect has published a semiotic analysis of how women are depicted in the media at Christmas in the UK and Australia co-authored by Susan Bell and Lynne Freeman. It shows that women have been depicted as the invisible architects of a feast.
Lynne Freeman and I have embarked on a never-ending journey of understanding the semiotics of Christmas, starting with a social semiotic analysis of the depictions of Christmas food in UK and Australian Magazines. Since, then understanding what Christmas 'means' has become something of a preoccupation.
Some of the things we have learned: