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I’m just wondering if you serve your Christmas feast hot or hold? Do you have a hot traditional style Christmas dinner/lunch, or a cold meat and salad type dinner/lunch? I grew up having cold meats, seafood and salads but some of my partner’s extended family had hot dinners. Not sure if one time I would like to do a hot meal for Christmas, but will obviously need the air con cranked up to dispel the heat!


Posted anonymously, 27th November 2014


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  • I think it depends on the weather,, it should be hot for lunch and cold for tea… but If it is going to be a hot day I cook the meat the day before so that all I have to do is cook the veges on the day and just reheat the mat


  • Our society today is even ditching the meat and salads and they are now going for seafood but if you do this keep it chilled you don’t want anyone suffering from food poisoning do you. So as much as I love to have that very traditional hot Christmas lunch its simply too hot here so I go for the cold meats and salads and make a Christmas pudding ice cream for desert. What ever way you decide to go just enjoy the day and have a very merry Christmas with your family and friends


  • Living in Queensland it’s fresh prawns, trying out new salads, get down the beach under a pandanus tree, lots of cool drinks and alcohol for sure – the only way to go…”Make your own tradition”


  • We serve cold seafood, prawns, crab and smoked ham with lots of salads for lunch as in Queensland it is too hot & we are in & out of the pool all day, then for dinner we have a hot BBQ with any left over prawns, rib fillet and hot potato bake and gravy.


  • We have a hot lunch with roast pork, chicken and vegetables plus all the trimmings with pudding and custard for dessert. Dinner is leftover cold meat and seafood and salad, usually followed by pavlova.


  • used to be a full cold christmas lunch but now we have it at our house i do a hot turkey and the rest is all salads and cold ham.


  • we have both types! just have a table full of food and people can take what they like! i know everyone doesn’t want to slave away in a hot kitchen but roasts are so easy! alteranatively, have a bbq! so a male will cook it and you won’t have to lol


  • I am doing seafood this year so mainly cold as it will be very hot but I will cook a ham and have cold chicken ect


  • Our main is always hot with heaps of hot and cold side dishes


  • We have multiple different roasts, quiches and plenty of other salads and sides but everything is served cold. It’s too hot where we are to want hot foods and it means there’s no rushing on the day to get everything cooked


  • We do both
    Depending on weather
    Hot lunch cold tea for cooler /warmer weather


  • I grew up with a mixture of both hot and cold because my family is from the UK and so traditional roast dinners where what we had but living in OZ, they found it too hot and so had cold lunches. We did a roast chicken or turkey and then everything else was cold.
    Now that I have my own family, I only do cold xmas lunch. I cannot stand the heat and I refuse to have the oven going on Xmas day!


  • Hot!


  • We have a mixture. Usually a hot ham and cold seafood with side salads. I don’t do hot roast vegies. Lots of appetisers and bubbly lol!


  • We have always done cold meat and salads, which is easy to prepare in advance and lovely on a hot day. We love it!


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