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Christmas Lunch ... What Time

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Teddy123 Fri 09-Dec-16 11:43:23

What time do you sit down for Christmas Lunch. Call me an old-fashioned traditionalist, but I like to be seated round the table at 2pm

I feel the same for a regular Sunday lunch .... 2 pm

What do you do?

kittylester Fri 09-Dec-16 11:46:27

When it's ready!

vampirequeen Fri 09-Dec-16 11:52:29

Same here...when it's ready. Fingers crossed sometime between 12 and 2 but could be later depending if the oven decides to work properly. (I always blame the oven grin)

chelseababy Fri 09-Dec-16 12:31:16

It's up to whoever's cooking it. Usually about 4 here.

jusnoneed Fri 09-Dec-16 12:33:50

These days the same as Sunday lunch, around 1pm.
When there used to more of us eating it could be later, depended on how much more there was to cook.

tanith Fri 09-Dec-16 12:34:24

Between 2 and 4 depending on who is cooking it my daughter tends to eat earlier than me so I would guess around 3pm our Sunday lunch is usually around 4 as OH is either bowling or snookering on Sundays.

Cold Fri 09-Dec-16 13:39:37

Usually around 4pm. I like to get out for a little walk if possible and here it is dark between 2.00-2.30

downtoearth Fri 09-Dec-16 13:42:11

Depends on how muchwinehas been consumed grin

ninathenana Fri 09-Dec-16 16:20:10

1-2 ish but if it ain't ready then you just gotta wait !

Sunday roast is eaten about 6-30 pm a habit I got into when the children were young and I was ferrying them to rugby etc.

M0nica Fri 09-Dec-16 16:56:57

Between 1 and 2. It usually goes on until well after 4.00 then we all go for a walk in the dark.

grannypiper Fri 09-Dec-16 16:59:07

walk on the beach whilst turkey cooks, like to eat the main course when its dark outside so i aim for 3ish DH is then starving again by 7 so its supper for him then and a cuppa for me.

Ana Fri 09-Dec-16 17:02:29

He's 'starving' again by 7? grin Is your Christmas lunch a very light one...?

tanith Fri 09-Dec-16 17:09:21

Must admit when my lot came to me for Christmas lunch by the time it was served, eaten, crackers and lots more them coffee and cleared away, time had passed and I'd start thinking about sorting out tea for later on..non stop for the host. Glad those days are mostly over, I hope.

Charleygirl Fri 09-Dec-16 17:24:46

tanith sorting out tea for your lot? Could one of them not go to the kitchen, switch the kettle on and find a few cups/mugs as you have worked your heart out for them.

Rinouchka Fri 09-Dec-16 17:53:16

Christmas lunch will be between 2&4 pm depending on the oven...and how leisurely a morning we have had. I'm only cooking once.

Hungry people during the evening will make themselves sandwiches. 8-12( not yet confirmed) children, spouses & babies are sleeping over so breakfast is also self service. Boxing Day, our youngest SiL, an excellent cook, is doing the catering. Day after, all left overs. After that, those still with us are treating us out for lunch!

Judthepud2 Fri 09-Dec-16 18:37:04

I start with good intentions of serving it up around 1:00 pm. This usually becomes, literally, a moveable feast and is served when it is ready, by which time my alcohol levels have risen and I no longer care grin. Those with children who like to keep a 'routine' can get a bit annoyed but hey ho! There is plenty of food around to keep the kids happy.

We do usually finish eating about 4. And then come 7ish people are hungry again! What starts as a wee cup of tea ends up with a table groaning with food once more. ?

NanaandGrampy Fri 09-Dec-16 19:38:21

1pm sharp.

Little ones at ours get no chocolate till after lunch and they can only wait so long . Also they've been up since silly o'clock.

But we do sit for a couple of hours over lunch. The little ones are excused to play and we just enjoy being together . I love it.

baubles Fri 09-Dec-16 20:11:24

About 3 - 3.30. Bacon butties for breakfast and cheese & biscuits for supper.

Chocolate at any point in between. grin

glassortwo Fri 09-Dec-16 21:19:08

Last Christmas Day we had a very laid back day. Opened presents with one set of GC, then took the other set of GC presents over around 10, got home and we had the meal spread throughout the day. Starters then a break for main course and pud later in the day, no feeling over full and very relaxed and did it all in our Christmas t shirts/jumpers... no dressing up perfect grin and this year will be the same smileits the way to go.

cornergran Fri 09-Dec-16 22:24:18

Expect an early-ish lunch this year because of littlest, his parents are cooking so happy to go along with it. When we (I !!) cooked it was usually between 2 and 3, well, you can't rush these things tchgrin.

Deedaa Fri 09-Dec-16 22:37:09

On a good day we might manage Christmas lunch by 3pm, but it has been known to be later. We aren't that fussed as long as we can fit in a reasonable gap before we start on the turkey sandwiches!

Grannyben Fri 09-Dec-16 23:04:19

We are having dinner at my daughter's this year although I am cooking it. She has said 3pm but I will be starving by then so hopefully I can sneak it forward a little. I really don't like to nibble bits before the main event.

Pittcity Sat 10-Dec-16 08:18:52

We are in the 'When it's ready' camp. Little ones don't arrive too early so we have a leisurely late breakfast. Now that you can pause the Queen and watch when it suits you there is no set time here. As for supper, turkey sandwiches anyone?

Barmyoldbat Sat 10-Dec-16 11:20:37

Depends how much the cook has drunk

Jan5954 Sat 10-Dec-16 16:29:12

As l am usually doing al the cooking's when l choose ! ...usually try for about 2pm ...depending how many Buck's Fizz l have consumed ?