We have just started work on a 2 story side extension. We know it will not be completed before Christmas, but given the time of year and the unpredictable weather it's anyone's guess what stage we'll actually be at.... part of the work involves completely removing our existing kitchen though so there is a risk we'll be making do with a makeshift kitchen in the lounge (I'm thinking slow-cooker, microwave, actifry type stuff) We have a couple of options - we could go to my mums, although we'd rather be st home to allow DD to have fun playing with her new toys. We could eat out, but it's so expensive and not sure if it will be just full of miserable families who don't like each other enough to host & miserable staff who have been forced to work! Or we could stay at home in our pjs and try to cook something....
What would you do? Or have you eaten out for Christmas dinner and really enjoyed it? Any other ideas?
I always see great posts about excellent atmosphere in restaurants on Christmas Day.
No cooking shopping or washing up!
Buy snacks and your sorted
Recently someone did a 'lonely/singles/elderly type dinner that was contributed to by those attending they had stuff donated - tree crackers cakes etc and they all had a fab time playing games and live music etc
Go for the meal andsucknot it as part of the extension cost
Take away? I remember having an amazing Chinese one Christmas when I was a kid (I think it was one year my mum decided to say fuck it). I would always rather be in my house than out at a restaurant at christmas.
Not quite the same, but our oven once broke halfway through Xmas dinner and we had to finish a lot of it in the microwave. So to some degree it’s possible. I’d probably go with the eating out though, and save the microwave effort for a buffet tea.
Loads of pubs etc do Xmas dinner for a couple of hours, then beck in time for a snooze.
We just about managed to have a mostly functional kitchen a couple of years ago for Christmas but had been 13 weeks without one don’t ask, cocked up with kitchen company choice.....!
We expected to be relying on take aways a lot but actually with the barbecue, a camping stove, slow cooker, table top grill (that would be good on Christmas Day for a non traditional grill your own steak session) and steamer we managed really well.
It’s definitely doable and with two smalls I would definitely choose to stay at home being inventive than taking them away from their toys in the middle of the day to a restaurant.
I know it's not on the same scale but my oven broke just before Christmas a few years ago. We spent the morning at home opening presents, had nibbles that didn't need cooking then went to my mums and had Christmas dinner there later on around 4. There's a shop near me that's like a butchers but does cooked stuff too but they sell turkeys that they cook and you just reheat? You could try something like that if you want to stay home
I would -consider going out if there is a reasonable option near you - maybe get a takeaway if possible -could use a microwave and have really nice MnS food -smoked salmon, dressed lobster, nice salads, fizz for the adults? -cold roast chicken with soup and salads and nice treats for the kids -or you could have a nice Christmas day together all day and pop over to your mum's for a Christmas hello and a warm meal, perhaps a relatively simple one in the evening
lots of ways this could work
Re cooking options, having a microwave would be helpful. If you want Xmas pud you can successfully steam one in that. Lakeland sell a plug in oven-cum-pan which might help with providing hot food anyway. And you could acquire or borrow a 2 ring burner, again if you want more options over this period.
The key thing is the family relationships, it could be fun and different and could be a time to reminisce about later.
We had a similar set up one Christmas when we renovated our old house. We used our BBQ, slow cooker and microwave/steamer to cobble something Christmassy together for lunch. We went out for the evening.