The cost of Christmas dinner has dropped 10 per cent since 2009

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Inflation may be creeping up, but the price of your Christmas dinner isn't - in fact, this year's festive feast may be cheaper than ever before, after a new study suggested its price has fallen 10 per cent since 2009.

Good Housekeeping's Christmas index found the cheapest place to buy turkey and all the trimmings is (not surprisingly) Aldi, where catering for eight people will cost £22.09. That's followed by Lidl, where it's a little dearer at £24.57, and Iceland, where the meal will set you back £24.81.

At the other end of the scale is Marks & Spencer, where Christmas dinner will cost £49.90, while at Waitrose it's a little cheaper, at £40.02.

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That's based on 11 essential Christmas dinner ingredients - including a turkey (natch), plum pudding and cranberry sauce. While turkey is among the six ingredients which have fallen in price since last year, Christmas pudding and mince pies have both risen, thanks to the rising price of butter, flour and sugar (earlier this year sugar hit a four-year high after Brazil's cane crop was smaller than expected).

But the study also suggested this year's festive feed will be the cheapest for a while: the weakening of the pound and resulting inflation is likely to push up prices next year, Good Housekeeping said.

And the cheapest supermarkets are...

Supermarket Price to serve eight people
Aldi £22.03
Lidl £24.57
Iceland £24.81
Tesco £28.08
Asda £29.68
Morrisons £31.12
Co-op £31.26
Sainsbury's £35.40
Waitrose £40.02
Marks & Spencer £49.90

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