‘My kids hate Christmas dinner so they eat what they want we might have pizza’

A woman shared how she would be ditching the traditional Christmas dinner in favour of pizza as her children don’t like a roast – and other parents rushed to her defence and said they too would not have the normal festive feast.

While tables around the country will be fit to bursting with turkey, potatoes, pigs in blankets, parsnips, and all the trappings of a roast, at Becki Dunwell’s house things will be a bit different.

She will be serving up pretty much anything else, because her children don’t like a traditional Christmas dinner and she doesn’t want to force it on them.

After sharing her take on the festive meal, other parents rushed to Becki’s defence and said they too would be avoiding turkey and opting for something a bit more ordinary.

Taking to Facebook, Becki said: “I tell my children (boys 10 and five) they can eat whatever they want on Xmas day.

“Chocolate for breakfast? Sure. Pizza for your dinner? Sure. I only started this a couple of years ago and it works a treat.

“Christmas is a time to enjoy yourself and be with your loved ones, not to stress about cooking a feast that may or may not get eaten.

“Relax and let them choose what they’d like to eat.”

Cat Findlater agreed, adding: “This is exactly why I no longer cook a traditional (or even vaguely traditional) Xmas lunch or dinner on Xmas Day.

“I cook a curry (which we all enjoy) on Xmas Eve and then I cook fresh rice on the day itself and reheat the curry… I don’t miss any of the day having to be in the kitchen!”

Other parents backed the pair up, as Lucy Josephine said she also wouldn’t be preparing a traditional meal for her kids.

She said: “We don’t have traditional Christmas dinner, we have Lamb shwarma with homemade hummus, roast potatoes, roast veg – then my daughter can dip any of the veg she’s not too keen on in the hummus, although we try and pick veg she likes too.”

And another mother, Holly McAleenan said: “I literally will cook my kids pizza if that’s what they fancy. It’s Christmas it should be enjoyable and that includes food.”

“Why battle with them on the most magical day of the year. It’ll not be long before they’ve grown up and enjoy a roast.”