16 June

Going out for (Christmas) dinner

Some people like to go to a restaurant for their Christmas dinner. Here are the pros:

  • no cooking
  • no shopping
  • no dishes
  • no arguments

Here are the cons:

  • no leftovers

If dining out sounds like a good idea to you, discuss it with your co‑Christmassers, find out their price appetite and their dining preferences and check out the options. (Yes, particularly if you have a large group, now is not too early to book a restaurant for Christmas Day.)

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Eating in restaurants serves you right.

One of the pros of Christmassing at home is that you can add or subtract guests at short notice – so if Jeremy stays smitten with Danni, I won’t need to know if she’ll be part of our celebrations until it’s time to set the table.

I like Danni. She chats merrily to me while she’s buttering toast or doing up her shoelaces whereas his first girlfriend seemed incapable of opening her mouth when I was around and didn’t want to come out of his bedroom even for meals. I have two competing theories about your child’s first boyfriend or girlfriend:

  1. You’ll think they’re terrible, even if they’re an angel sent from heaven or
  2. Your child deliberately chooses a crazed hellhound so that you accept their next boy/girlfriend with relief

And the second theory got some support when Wendy was sympathising with her old school friend Genevieve whose daughter was besotted with a dole-bludging, cheapskate, high school dropout but Genevieve said “No, he’s fine: he’s good with animals and he’s not a drug dealer”.

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