A family was challenged to create a Christmas dinner for £50 on telly last week… and they did it! Fantastic. But there’s an even cheaper way. How about a spot of serious Christmas dinner collaboration? Many of us have the family round for Christmas lunch. Feeding and watering all those people is scarily expensive. But when you spread the load, you share the financial burden. Here’s how.
The first rule: the host cooks the turkey, gravy, roasties and Yorkshires. It’s hardly practical carting a dirty great bird around to your loved ones’ place in the car or on foot! And your Yorkshire puds and roast spuds need to come out of the oven sizzling hot and crisp, straight onto plates for maximum deliciousness.
The second rule: everyone brings a bottle.
Splitting the food bit between you
Count the adults and split responsibility for the rest of the lunch and post-dinner grazing materials:
- Christmas dinner veg and candles
- savoury snacks, chocs and Christmas crackers
- desserts, puddings, fresh cream and fruit
- cake and biscuits, ice cream and nuts
The third rule: everyone thinks of a game to play. Statues, Consequences, Charades, Karaoke, their favourite Wii game, Snap, Hide and Seek, Kerplunk…
The fourth rule: choose a film to watch together up front to prevent arguments on the day.
The fifth rule? Have a particularly excellent Christmas lunch for less. There’s something about contributing to the festivities directly that makes the whole event much more enjoyable. Extra seasonal warm glows and good Karma all round!
(Thanks to http://www.sxc.hu/profile/lockstockb for the mouthwatering image)