A MOVEABLE FEAST?
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