What’s your favourite part of Christmas? For some, it is spending time with friends and family, or perhaps giving and receiving presents.
For many people however, Christmas dinner is the absolute centrepiece of the big day – a time where the family tucks into a delicious festive feast around the dinner table. But according to research from the Guardian, Brits face the most expensive Christmas dinner for more than a decade thanks to a double whammy of this year’s heatwave and continuing Brexit uncertainty.
The summer of 2018 saw the UK bake in a heatwave that lasted for almost two months throughout June and July with record-breaking temperatures in many areas. As a result, crop yields have fallen and the price of many Christmas favourites such as sprouts, broccoli and turkey has been on the rise. Moreover, the weak pound resulting from prolonged Brexit uncertainty means that imports of food drink from Europe are more expensive, further hitting the pockets of millions of Brits.
The cost of Christmas dinner is a burden well understood across many households in the UK, with the average cost ranging from £26.43 for the cheapest supermarket up to a whopping £43.98 for the most expensive. And these costs are based on a family of eight, so if you’re looking to host extended family then be prepared to spend quite a bit more! Alcohol is also a financial heavy-hitter, with the average UK adult spending £53 reinforcing their drinks supply ahead of the big day.
Top tips to keep the cost of Christmas dinner down
If you’re looking to save a bit of cash, try shopping around for your Christmas trimmings. The price difference can vary hugely between different stores. When shopping for essentials, try steering clear of big brands and look for own-brand substitutes – the quality can often be the same while saving on cost.
Try shopping online
Try getting your Christmas shopping online – not only will it save on the stress of ploughing through the supermarket with that one trolley with the duff wheel – you’ll also be able to avoid impulse purchases as you make your way round the store. Plus, if you get it delivered you don’t have to leave the house!
You could even ask guests to pay
A controversial one to say the least – some people have caused quite a stir and taken to asking Christmas dinner guests to pay their way when coming over for dinner, or at least to bring some of the food to take the burden away from the host.
However you’re spending your Christmas, we hope you have a good one. If you’re visiting us over the festive period it’s worth checking our Christmas opening hours before making your visit.