The traditional Christmas dinner probably didn’t seem like a big deal when you agreed to it. After all, it’s just one meal. But as anyone who’s ever hosted Thanksgiving can attest, one meal can be a monster. Because it’s a traditional meal, everyone is coming with expectations of eating their favorite seasonal foods and because it’s Christmas, even those family members who typically beg out of most gatherings will be there. That likely means 10 to 15 relatives all looking to you to give them a good meal and a good time, so the cost can soar it you let it.
With that in mind, here are seven tips on how to keep your Christmas dinner costs under control.