Perhaps this altered seasonal ditty has a ring of familiarity: "Dinner bells, the kitchen smells, and no one wants to cook. Oh what fun it is to fight over untried recipes from some boo-ook!"

Perhaps this altered seasonal ditty has a ring of familiarity: "Dinner bells, the kitchen smells, and no one wants to cook. Oh what fun it is to fight over untried recipes from some boo-ook!"

Or how about this folksy un-favorite: "I came upon some Christmas cheer, on a glorious Christmas Eve. I woke up under the Christmas tree, forgetting the turkey was in the deep free-eeze."

And then there's the never popular: "Away in Columbus, no family to see. The lonely, bored people had no one to feed them. The bars in the street offered little to eat. The lonely, bored people stared at food on TV."

And with that, I'll kindly put the kibosh on the fractured Christmas caroling because I think you're getting my drift.

Whatever your circumstances might be, finding yourself without Christmas Day dining plans can feel downright frightful. Well, I'm here to steer not-to-be-forsaken yuletide tummies to someplace more delightful. Here's a nice little range of places that'll only be too happy to serve you breakfast, lunch or dinner on Christmas. Feliz Navidad and feliz comida everybody!

Block's Bagels

7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

3415 E. Broad St., Bexley

614-235-2551

blocksbagelsdeli.com

What could be more appropriate than a holey breakfast on Christmas morning?

China Dynasty

12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

1689 W. Lane Ave., Upper Arlington

614-486-7126

chinadynasty-cmh.com

Presenting a special buffet highlighting seafood and a prime rib carving station.

Chi Thai

12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

5577 N. Hamilton Rd., New Albany

614-471-8988

chithairestaurant.com

Serving their regular menu of excellent Chinese and creative Thai food.

The Clarmont

12-6:30 p.m.

684 S. High St., German Village

614-443-1125

clarmontrestaurant.com

Offering an abbreviated version of their standard (steakhouse-y) menu plus Christmas specials like Duck Breast in lingonberry sauce.

Jury Room

6 p.m. to midnight

22 E. Mound St., Downtown

614-220-0964

juryroomcolumbus.com

Surly Girl Saloon

6 p.m. to midnight

1126 N. High St., Short North

614-294-4900

surlygirlsaloon.com

Tip Top Kitchen and Cocktails

12 p.m. to 10 p.m.

73 E. Gay St., Downtown

614-221-8300

tiptopcolumbus.com

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Pattycake Bakery

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3009 N. High St., Clintonville

614-784-2253

pattycakebakery.com

Offering vegan treats that generally transcend that description.

Reethika

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

2661 Federated Blvd., Dublin

614-659-0889

Reethika's terrific lunchtime Indian buffet will be available, and extra special dinner dishes will be featured in the evening.

Solay Bistro

11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

5786 Emporium Square, North Side

614-899-8800

solaybistro.com

Enjoy great - and hearty -Somalian and Ethiopian fare from the regular menu.

Udipi Cafe

11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

2001 E. Dublin-Granville Rd., North Side

614-885-7446

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Also open on Christmas Day

Buckeye Donuts

Open 24 hours, including Christmas Day (closed the day after Christmas)

1998 N. High St., Campus

614-291-3923

buckeye-donuts.com

Buca di Beppo

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 343 N. Front St., Arena District

614-621-3287 60 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Worthington

614-848-8466

bucadibeppo.com

McCormick & Schmick's

11 a.m.-8 p.m.

3965 New Bond St., Easton

614-476-3663

mccormickandschmicks.com

Quaker Steak & Lube

3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

8500 Lyra Dr., Polaris

614-430-9464

quakersteakandlube.com

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

5 to 8 p.m.

7550 High Cross Blvd., Worthington

614-885-2910 ruthschris.com