In Japan, it’s not turkey or ham that highlights the holiday dinner. No bread dressing or cranberry sauce. Col. Sanders is their Santa Claus! Or, rather, he’s responsible for providing them with their holiday meal of choice. Sales at KFC in the month of December in Japan are 5-10% higher than any other time of year. The popularity of Kentucky Fried Chicken took off in Japan 40 years ago when a hugely successful marketing campaign brought a Christmas meal of chicken and wine for a then pricey $10. It has been increasingly popular ever since!