Christmas lunch is a big deal in our family. But this year will be a bit different as our overseas family can’t skip our borders and group numbers are still restricted. But I think I would be lynched if I even suggested that we move Christmas lunch, like this mum did.

One mum has sparked a debate but suggesting that their family should cancel their family Christmas lunch and instead hold their festive feast the night before. She is keen to do the majority of her prep and cooking before Christmas and then to come together for a crackling and crackers dinner on Christmas eve.

The mum posted her question on Facebook, wanting to get opinions from others.

Shift Christmas Lunch To The Night Before

“Looking for folks opinion on eating the BIG Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve…is this a thing?

“Just feel I miss out on spending quality time with my children on the special day cause I’m always so busy in the kitchen.”

Don’t Do It!

The query caused quite the controversy, with many people saying that Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without lunch on the ‘real’ day.

“In my opinion, one of the best things about Christmas day is cooking the meal,” one said.

Best Thing!

But there were others who supported the mum, saying that it was a great idea and that a number of countries traditionally enjoy their main Christmas meal on the Eve.

“We’ve been doing it for years, it’s the best thing we ever decided to do,” said one commenter.

“We have ours on Christmas Eve then watch a Christmas film and relax. Christmas Day is much less stressful for me as I don’t spend lots of time in the kitchen and we can go and visit family without clock watching.”

Would you charge your guests for Christmas Lunch?

In a related controversial Christmas meal story, one mum has created an uproar by deciding to charge her guests for Christmas dinner.

The mum-of-four said that she puts a lot of time and effort into making it the perfect day for her guests, so doesn’t feel that charging them each $55 is inappropriate.

Most people disagreed with this decision with one saying:
“NO it is never okay to charge your family for Christmas dinner Christmas is a time for family and giving.. What has happened to the world?”

Do you have Christmas lunch or Christmas Eve dinner, or something else? Tell us in the comments below.

  • We have Christmas lunch late on Christmas Day and it is always amazing!


  • Never heard of charging family for Christmas lunch… How ridiculous. I’d never accept an invitation to a family Christmas that I had to pay for. I’d certainly not invite people and charge them either. Very rude and selfish. Everyone puts in time and effort to prepare a meal.


  • We have Christmas lunch on Christmas Day and couldn’t imagine it any other way.


  • Nowadays families are split all over the place, this year more than ever. We do a Xmas Eve sea food, and then a turkey and sides on Xmas day. Simple, and easy. It can be stressful


  • Many of my friends from international backgrounds have Christmas Eve/dinner celebrations. We always have Christmas lunch (hot) and dinner (leftovers) or visit with friends. Last year, we enjoyed Xmas lunch with friends (not family). It was so much fun, more relaxed, less expectation… but a full lunch that blended into dinner. We expect to do it again. Christmas celebrations with extended family (or mine) have been so traumatic, I’ve chosen to be kind to myself and our family and to do it in a way that works for us. It’s time we enjoyed Christmas celebrations.


  • Our Christmas has always been a casual affair. We work out who will bring what so all I usually have to do is put the turkey in the oven. We basically have the turkey with salads. The guys would go outside and play cricket with the kids while the women set up the table. After everyone has finished eating the men and the kids would clean up, put the dishes in the dishwasher and then we’d all enjoy the rest of the day. The meal at night would be whatever was left from lunchtime.
    Also I would never charge family for the day. If I was going to be charged $ to go somewhere for Christmas, it had better be a swanky restaurant.


  • I can understand where she’s coming from but in the same token you can still do most of the prep work a couple days before. We do a special breakfast and then a big dinner so there’s plenty of time to socialise in between.


  • We used to always do Christmas day, but we are doing Christmas eve this year. I think I will like it better. Back in Canada (where I moved from 25 years ago) I had Catholic friends that had their big meal on Christmas eve after they went to mass. I have also had other friends who always did Boxing Day. I don’t really think it matters. You do you, you know?


  • As long as I can remember Christmas Day celebrations can mean a day of raught, anxiety and for some a feeling of losing control.
    It’s a bit of a mind over matter issue and particularly after this year a “Celebration” is in order.
    For us we have a set time for Lunch and we all bring something to add to the meal and for Dinner it’s a more relaxed affair and we are there for others who couldn’t make Lunch due to other family commitments. It seems to work well. I hope your Christmas is special for you too.


  • We tend to just catch up with the family on whatever day they are free. Have lots of cold meats for a smorgasbord along with lots of salads. Then we just go with the flow.


  • I don’t cook anything (other than eggs for salad) on Christmas Day. I cook all meats on Christmas Eve during the day and then on Christmas Day have a “smorgasboard” cold meat and salad foods where everyone helps themselves. Have done this for years and everyone enjoys it. Most Christmas Days are too hot for cooking and hot food anyway!!


  • I would disappointed if my family moved it but a lot of Europeans do this they celebrate Christmas Eve


  • We are super easy going with this. We will have a Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve or even Boxing Day. It all depends what day suits our family best. I don’t see the big deal


  • We do Xmas dinner on Xmas day to spend time with the kids during the day and have a relaxing time. But I think you should just do what suits you and your family


  • Each to their own I say, do what is best for your family

    • Exactly! Christmas is a time to unwind and relax and to not feel any pressure.


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