If all you want for Christmas is a Big Mac, you're in luck: McDonald's has confirmed approximately half of its company-owned stores will be open for business on 25 December. In addition, a similar percentage of franchisees will also be operating, which brings the total to around 500 stores nationwide. Some will doubtlessly be delighted by this news while others will call it blasphemy against ham, chilled prawns and eggnog. On which side of the fence do you stand?
In an apparent response to customer demand, McDonald's will be increasing the number of stores it keeps open on Christmas day with a significant proportion of franchisees following suit.
"With close to 80 percent of our restaurants run by local franchisees the decision to open on Christmas Day is up to them," a McDonald's spokesperson told Lifehacker. "We estimate around half of our restaurants will open."
This is in stark contrast to around a decade ago when barely any McDonald's outlets remained open. While the nation's assorted health bodies may tut-tut, we think this is good news for at least one reason.
If you've ever embarked on a lengthy drive on Christmas day, you know how hard it is to find a quick, affordable feed on the road. Macca's is one of the few options you can grab without leaving the highway -- or even your car.
When you're stuck behind the wheel for several hours, this is an invaluable service; especially if you have a bunch of noisy, hungry kids in the backseat. (Before anyone complains about responsible parenting, bear in mind that kids are generally allowed to eat whatever they like on Christmas.)
The trick is to not order too much; otherwise you run the risk of still feeling full when you reach your destination. Although depending on your extended family's cooking skills, this might be a good thing.
We're curious to find out what you guys think. Is Christmas the one day of the year where Big Macs should be forbidden? Or should it be welcomed as part of the big "Xmas blowout"? Cast your vote in the poll below!