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What time do you serve Christmas lunch??

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PisforPeter Sun 15-Nov-15 13:13:10

Just trying to plan & consider littlies who might get tired if we eat at MIL's preferred 6pm??

eckythumpenallthat Sun 15-Nov-15 13:14:59

Luckily past 3 xmas it's just been me Dh and DD. We always go for a dog walk and make lunch when we get back so very much ready when it's ready. One year we ate about 3ish. Last year it was 5/6pm. We just go with the flow and if dd has needed a nap as a treat we've let her snooze in our bed with a film on

bloodyteenagers Sun 15-Nov-15 13:17:04

When it's ready. So anytime after 4. Depends what time I starts getting cooked. Usually closer to 6.

It's what I've always done. Couldn't be eating it at 1. Would mean instead of seeing the kids open the stuff and playing we would be in the kitchen.

The little ones had lunch along with anyone else who wants it as usual. Same with breakfast. They'd sometimes have a nap as well, like the rest of us.

As you can see it's really chilled.

Buttercup27 Sun 15-Nov-15 13:17:32

We eat at 1pm. This year the children we are catering for are 7, 3, 2 and 8 months. I like to eat at 1 a d then have a buffet tea at 6 ish.

dementedpixie Sun 15-Nov-15 13:20:00

We eat at normal dinner time so around 5/6ish

ohtheholidays Sun 15-Nov-15 13:21:58

Usually around 2 in the afternoon and then we have a lovely hot and cold buffet about 6.30 in the evening.

There's 7 of us DH,myself and 5DC,19,17,14,12 and 8.

As far as I can remember we've always done both around that time.

ouryve Sun 15-Nov-15 13:22:10

1pm ish.

We normally have dinner at 6, so if we were having Christmas dinner at that time, we'd have lunch earlier in the day.

NataliaOsipova Sun 15-Nov-15 13:23:47

About 5. I hate eating heavily at lunchtime, so we have starter type nibbles at lunchtime and then the turkey etc at tea time.

lavendersun Sun 15-Nov-15 13:28:16

Late afternoon here usually. 4:30-5:30 ish depending on what we do during the day. We often go to the beach or go for a bike ride. All weather dependent really.

If the weather is grim and we stay in we might eat at 2.

Hopefully not though as there is a lovely pub 7 miles away open for drinks only on Christmas day.

Flumplet Sun 15-Nov-15 13:28:31

Oh I like it at lunch time so 1pm after all the unwrapping is done and then a lovely 'left overs' supper at 6-7pm - argh I can't wait fgrin

MajesticSeaFlapFlap Sun 15-Nov-15 13:28:41


Then pick on the leftovers later on

Groovee Sun 15-Nov-15 13:33:26

If my mum and dad are coming or hosting it's 1pm for lunch as my dad gets so tired.

When it's with MIL and FIL we head round for 2ish and eat between 4-6pm

TelephoneIgnoringMachine Sun 15-Nov-15 13:36:18

If we're eating at home, when it's ready. Usually around 2.

This year, we're going to my mum's house & apparently it'll be around 4.30. She runs things like a military operation so it will probably be on the table at 4.30 on the dot.

glenthebattleostrich Sun 15-Nov-15 13:40:55

We have main meal at 1, then when everything is put away I set a buffet on the table so people can pick as they please. We get a cheese board out about 6 and I might do some hot nibbles if I feel like it.

FishWithABicycle Sun 15-Nov-15 13:41:08

When we are in our own house and are free to choose we have a big multi-course brunch then have lunch at 3ish and a multi-cake tea before bed.

At one set of parents we have lunch served at 2ish or whenever it is ready. At the other it is served at 12.30 as that is lunch time and whoever heard of eating lunch any later than that....

IHaveBrilloHair Sun 15-Nov-15 13:43:03

2ish but it's a buffet this year so will be picked at all day/evening

Schoolchauffeur Sun 15-Nov-15 13:44:29

This year it's just the four of us (DCs 20 and 17) so we've decided to go for 1pm lunch and we'll all forage for snacks like cheese and biccies' sausage rolls from a small spread I'll put on about 6-7.
Last year we had four family members staying so we had a dinner in the evening as it gave us all something to look forward to and we had a very chilled day. We dressed up and had dinner at 7pm and we were all still round the table at 10 ( even the teens) playing after dinner cards, drinking and eating chocs! It made a nice change.

yomellamoHelly Sun 15-Nov-15 13:50:07

Ask for 1pm (dh or pil cook). Usually sitting down 1:30pm. Dc usually eat at 12 -12:30 so that's late for them. Also have to wait 'til pm to open presents so can get quite grumpy if it's too late. Pre-dc it would be 4:00-5pm before we got to open anything. Dc ready for bed come 6pm ish. (Up too early / too much excitement.)

canyou Sun 15-Nov-15 13:52:15

We have main meal at 1/2 pm and a pick if you are hungry tea. There will be 17 people this year so I like to have the main meal earlier in the day. It allows people to flop in front of the tv, go for a walk or to visit other family in the late afternoon/evening or even just take a plate foe the next day and some buffet picky stuff for their tea and go home to peace and quite

trixymalixy Sun 15-Nov-15 13:55:14

4/5 ish here.

Icklepickle101 Sun 15-Nov-15 13:55:40

2ish and then sandwiches about 7/8ish

BaronessSamedi Sun 15-Nov-15 13:57:00

about 3. any later and we'd all be passed out from the hunger.

Pyjamaface Sun 15-Nov-15 14:10:22

1/2 ish and then leftovers buffet at around 7pm

RachelU1234 Sun 15-Nov-15 14:21:22

We usually eat lunch around 1.30-2.00pm, we like to eat early (ish) as we tend to have a lot of visitors late afternoon onwards, by which time we are usually ready for a few leftover nibbles (and more pudding) lol.

shakerashakera Sun 15-Nov-15 14:39:17

Last year we ate at 7pm as dmil didn't want to upset dss day age5 with making him eat Xmas dinner as he was going to his dm at 5pm..didn't naytwr about our ds who was 11 months and was reafy for bed by the time it was ready and nissed his first xmas dinner. Never again... so this year it will be 1pm at my dm house! smile

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