‘Tis the season! The holiday period can be a frantic time with so much to do, but not to worry, we’ve made the festive madness easier to handle with this simple Christmas checklist.
Organise yourself now so you can stay cool, calm and in control (and a little bit smug!)… Just follow the steps below:
2 weeks before
- Get shopping for a new Christmas outfit: look at our fashion pages for ideas.
- Baking time: if you’re making your own mince pies, biscuits and cakes, then get baking and freeze them now.
1 week before
- Prepare make-ahead dishes you can freeze, such as stuffings and dishes, for those days in-between Christmas and New Year.
- Wrapping evening: always a good idea to get your partner or older kids to help out while watching a festive movie together.
- Clean the house while you’ve got the chance before your guests arrive.
- Supermarket shop to pick up those last-minute items.
A few days before
- Clear out your fridge, using up anything that’s nearing its use-by date. Make sure you have a free drawer in the freezer, too — it’ll make a handy express chiller for drinks if your fridge is crammed!
- Store a few cooler boxes in your garage or spare room — you might need them for extra drinks, fruit and vegetables.
- Check the ingredients you need for the next few days, making a shopping list of things you’ll need to restock after the main event. Make sure you have a few emergency meal-makers too, like fish fingers and a bag of oven chips.
- Size up your oven — check that you have a roasting tin that will fit your bird and that it will fit in the oven!
Try this recipe: Fantastic roast turkey with crispy sausages
- Set the stage: stockings up, presents all under the tree, table laid for the next day, a drink and mince pie out for Santa and some carrots for Rudolph and friends.
- Peel any vegetables you’ll need for Christmas lunch the next day.
- Get an early night… or maybe have one more Cape Velvet!
- Decorating the tree is an event for the whole family, so call yourself the creative director and sit back with a glass of sherry, directing them while they trim: ‘No, move that bauble up a bit.’
- Get your ham cooked and out of the way before the day, so you’re not fighting for oven space.