Families make Christmas easy by sharing the load

The Rankin and Dingles families prepare for their Christmas feast.
The Rankin and Dingles families prepare for their Christmas feast. Mike Richards

THE Rankin and Dingles families have celebrated Christmas together for the past eight years.

Lisa Rankin and Debbie Dingles agree that they've been each other's family away from family.

Traditionally they have a big Christmas breakfast together, but this year they branched out and cooked a Christmas dinner.

To minimise leftovers from their Christmas feast, the two families split the cooking, bringing food for different parts of the meal.

"We always share out different parts of the meal. Everyone brings one thing," said Debbie. "You buy and cater for only one part of the meal."

To reuse leftovers, Lisa gets creative and makes little pies in her pie maker or cooks it up with eggs for a tasty breakfast.

Both agree they don't buy extra food until all the Christmas food is eaten.

"No-one buys anything for the next meals," Lisa said. "Everything that is left goes on the table for the next few days."



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