These Chattanooga area restaurants will be open Christmas Day

Though her daughter is now grown with a child of her own, Lynda Steele Vincent fondly remembers going out on Christmas Day to a Waffle House. She and her daughter bundled up in their pajamas and donned Santa hats.

"Of course it was packed, and we always ran into so many people we knew," she says.

Vincent is not alone. According to the National Restaurant Association, 8 percent of people surveyed (about 25 million Americans) responded to a poll saying that they would eat out on Christmas Day.

You might love celebrating Christmas just as much as the next person, but the thought of cleaning the house, cooking, hosting a crew of folks in your home then cleaning up afterward could turn you into a Grinch. Lucky for you, there are many options for dining out on Christmas Day.