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To think serving a starter with Christmas dinner is unnecessary. And weird.

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Kavalier Wed 19-Nov-14 20:30:13

Am hosting DH's family for Xmas dinner for the first time this year. MIL always does a prawn cocktail starter and they will miss a starter if I don't serve one, so I will. I think it's very odd though. AIBU?

TheNewClassic Wed 19-Nov-14 20:32:08

Go to Iceland and get some frozen canapés grin

HappyGirlNow Wed 19-Nov-14 20:32:42

YABVVVVU! I can't imagine Christmas dinner without a lovely starter....

Showy Wed 19-Nov-14 20:34:22

We have a selection of starters to choose from. Dinner takes hours and I love it.

isseywithcats Wed 19-Nov-14 20:34:45

yabu christmas day is a good excuse to stuff your face so christmas dinner in our house has always been 3 course and a prawn cocktail is only a small starter to eat anyway

MrsPnut Wed 19-Nov-14 20:34:46

If I didn't make prawn cocktail on Christmas day there would be an outcry. It's as much a Christmas tradition in our house as the tree or mince pies.

Fabulous46 Wed 19-Nov-14 20:34:54

I'd be mortified to serve Christmas dinner to guests without a starter.

LaurieFairyCake Wed 19-Nov-14 20:34:58

We always have a starter, usually smoked salmon and just a small amount

You need to amuse your bouche before the main event

KnackeredMuchly Wed 19-Nov-14 20:35:38

Yanbu, but make one anyway

SauvignonBlanche Wed 19-Nov-14 20:35:53


Fullpleatherjacket Wed 19-Nov-14 20:35:58

Well, we come over all unnecessary.

Nice to know we're weird grin

Jelliebabe2 Wed 19-Nov-14 20:36:09

Gosh! Yabvvvu! We usually have pâté and salmon pate with Melba toasts! Yummers ��

ShakeYourTailFeathers Wed 19-Nov-14 20:36:18

We've never had a starter. We have nibbles with our champagne before lunch though.

PetulaGordino Wed 19-Nov-14 20:36:27

my family have never done starters for christmas dinner, dp's family always have done. it's fine either way

BaffledSomeMore Wed 19-Nov-14 20:36:40

Compulsory prawn cocktails here. Yabvu.

HaroldLloyd Wed 19-Nov-14 20:36:45

I've never had one but it would be quite exciting.

My mum does 18 forms of vegetable so she is too stressed for a starter.

divingoffthebalcony Wed 19-Nov-14 20:37:07

I've never had a starter with Christmas dinner in my life! Waaaay unnecessary for me, considering how epic the main course usually is.

msrisotto Wed 19-Nov-14 20:37:18

YABU! Smoked salmon starter or it isn't Christmas. grin

Bragadocia Wed 19-Nov-14 20:37:29

I don't think I've ever had a starter for Christmas lunch. Ideally, I'd have some smoked salmon and champagne or G&T late morning, and have lunch at 3 or 4. Surely the person doing the cooking is up to their elbows in sprout steaming and gravy stirring right up to the end? You can't relax til it's all on the table, and it's often all hands on deck for the last few minutes.

It's just rude to go to someone else's house and not graciously accept the way they do things IMO. If Christmas will be ruined for her for the lack of a prawn ring, she is dafter than a pig in blanket.

MrsHathaway Wed 19-Nov-14 20:37:31


Creates too much chuffing washing up and is boring for the DC.

Also risks filling you up too much so you can't have pudding! fshock shock

(Heard a rumour the festive emoticons had been activated...)

Pooka Wed 19-Nov-14 20:37:39


I'd never heard of people having starters on Christmas Day until I read mumsnet.

But then, we tend to have present opening with Buck's Fizz and smoked salmon at 11am during present opening. Eat main meal at 3pm ish. Is trad for us, but expect other might find it weird.

annoyedofnorwich Wed 19-Nov-14 20:37:41

Of course Christmas dinner has a starter- 3 courses, starter, main and pudding!

ByTheWishingWell Wed 19-Nov-14 20:37:53

Of course you need a starter! At the very least there should be a choice of prawn cocktail or smoked salmon. And some lemon sorbet to cleanse the palate in between courses, obviously wink

PetulaGordino Wed 19-Nov-14 20:38:12

lol at mortified not to serve a starter though. hardly a massive faux pas if you're going to serve them an enormous main course and pudding anyway

bodhranbae Wed 19-Nov-14 20:38:19

Yes YABU. Very.

Prawn cocktail starter IS Christmas dinner.

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