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PUT off by the stress of cook­ing the per­fect Christ­mas feast — and the drudgery of wash­ing up af­ter­wards — a num­ber of fam­i­lies are plan­ning to aban­don their kitchens for pubs, restau­rants and ho­tels this Christ­mas Day.

Novo­tel Cairns Oa­sis Re­sort di­rec­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing David Gal­lowayPen­ney sus­pects the pres­sure and ef­fort in­volved in cook­ing one of the most im­por­tant fam­ily meals of the year has led to more peo­ple eat­ing out at Christ­mas.

“It’s re­ally about mak­ing their day eas­ier,” he says.

“No dishes, no hot kitchen — it’s just a com­pletely stress-free day, on a day that is usu­ally very stress­ful.”

He says there has been a con­sid­er­able in­crease in the num­ber of Christ­mas Day book­ings in re­cent years.

“We’ve ac­tu­ally had to in­crease the amount of space we utilise for Christ­mas Day lunch and have now in­cor­po­rated our largest ball­room, which has given us the ca­pac­ity for an­other 160 peo­ple.”

The re­sort is ex­pect­ing to cater for 300350 peo­ple for Christ­mas Day lunch and an­other 200 peo­ple for din­ner, with ma­jor­ity of the book­ings be­ing lo­cal fam­i­lies.

If you’re weigh­ing up whether to eat out or cook this Christ­mas, per­haps this list of pros and cons can help you de­cide:

No clean­ing up No “where’s the (insert for­got­ten in­gre­di­ent here)?” mo­ments

De­li­cious food cooked by some­one else — and only feel­ing slightly guilty that staff are not with their own fam­ily at Christ­mas

Ac­tu­ally look­ing good on Christ­mas Day, with no ham glaze spat­tered on your clothes

No leftovers!

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