The Tennessee branch of my family (me, DH and older daughter) were attempting to start a new tradition by having Christmas Eve Dinner out at our favorite Mexican restaurant. Last week when we checked, we were told that they would be open until about 7 pm on Christmas eve. So imagine our dismay when we arrived at said restaurant at shortly after 4 pm only to find out they were closing at 4:30.
So the scramble began. We finally settled on Applebee's and were rewarded with a great meal. It wasn't the meal we had planned, but it was fun.
Next year, I might rely on my fallback plan and serve chocolate chip pancakes.