Capetonians celebrate Christmas with an informal lunch on Christmas Day 25 December. The family will celebrate at a restaurant, or at a meal at home, various family members bringing a dish to share for the Christmas table. Family members might wear a paper hat and Christmas crackers are sure to be on the table, containing inexpensive little gifts. Starters might be a selection of salads, mains could be a number of options including turkey and gammon or a Braai (barbecue), and the dessert will be very likely to be a Trifle, made with custard, jelly, fruit, and cream. Mince pies will be on the dessert table, as will a fruit cake sprinkled with brandy.

Capetonians with a European heritage will be celebrating on Christmas Eve 24 December, attending a church service and then enjoying a family dinner which is likely to include turkey and sparkling wine too. It is likely to be the most extravagant family meal of the year.

We wish our guests, our suppliers, and all our supporters a Merry Christmas and Geseënde Kersfees. Labotessa Café & Terrace will be open on Christmas Day, offering its standard menus.


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