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Don't Want To Cook For The Holidays? Five Fun Options To Consider

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Guest Post by Anita Ginsberg

A goose roasting in the oven sounds divine, and perfectly cooked steak makes you drool with envy. However, you may not want any of these foods cooking in your house, with all the preparation and cleanup. When your kitchen won't act as the epicenter of an upcoming holiday, you can still enjoy delicious cuisine elsewhere.

Visit the In-laws

No matter how many times you've tried to avoid them on the holidays, this year may be the perfect opportunity to put old hurts or stubbornness aside. Your spouse will likely thank you, and even if their traditions are a bit unusual or different from yours, you can still learn about how another family celebrates the holidays.

Potluck with Friends

When family isn't around or you can't spend time with them on the holidays, think about hosting your own fun event with friends. Just because you're hosting doesn't mean you need to cook. Stop by a gourmet grocery store to pick up some treats for the event, and ask each of your friends to bring a dish over.

Invite Yourself Over

While it is generally considered rude to invite yourself to an event, that rule doesn't necessarily apply when it comes to family. Perhaps you always turn down your parents' invitation to have a quiet Christmas at home with your significant other. This year, let Mom and Dad know that you'd like to have a good old-fashioned time with them.

Dine at a Restaurant

Some people think that going out to a restaurant doesn't serve a purpose on a holiday. However, going to a unique place like Viejas can make the event feel more special. Whether you choose a fancy restaurant known for its exquisite menu or a more casual place with great burgers, you may finally start to feel at home this holiday season. 

Leftover Extravaganza

With all of the parties you've attended and hosted in the past few weeks, have a leftover day and night on your favorite holiday. You can do this to allow more time to serve others. To really make the point clear to your family, start the day off by volunteering at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter to help those people who are in need.

Spending your entire day over the oven and stove is not mandatory when you want to enjoy the traditions of the holiday. Instead, you can try one of these ideas that will leave you satiated and pleased.

Will you be cooking for Christmas and/or New Years?


  1. I cooked lightly today since my kids are leaving to visit their bio dad today. BUT we went a visiting last night & ate a feast!!!!!!!

    1. Today was very low-key for us. No special cooking.

  2. Interesting tips and actually the first tip made me laughing. :)
    We usually order food when feel lazy to cook or even lazy to go out...

  3. I don't really enjoy cooking personally. Fortunately the hubby is a great cook. We ended up having a buffet style Christmas dinner where the whole family brought something for a pot luck. Definitely was a great way to go. Love these tips! #ProductReviewParty

  4. I love cooking, but I'm not the world's best. I'm still learning and I'm not afraid to get creative, but THIS year, I didn't really make a HUGE deal out of it. We had a nice spread, but to be honest, we went mostly boxed and canned other than the Honeybaked Ham. It literally took an hour to make everything.

    We had ham, mac & cheese, green beans, mashed potatoes, lil' smokies in grape jelly and chili garlic sauce, cranberry sauce (I actually LOVE the canned version), stuffing and rolls. It really made it easy to actually cook.

    To be perfectly honest, I served everything in tupperware dishes so it could be easily put away.