Every year it seems Christmas sneaks
Imagine actually enjoying Christmas and leaving the stress behind! This is possible and not hard to accomplish if you plan ahead.
Christmas is a wonderful time of year. However, that Christmas joy can easily be replaced by stress. That definitely puts a damper on any festive mood, to say the least.
There is a better way and with some key planning
Here are my best tips and tricks for not only surviving
Organisea gift list for everyone you need to give a gift to.
- Research online for ideas and the best prices. You can then buy online or head to the shops knowing what you are buying and where.
- Stick to your budget
- Check off as you buy so there are no
- Wrap and put in a “safe” place
- Decide on your
colourscheme or theme.
- Research online for ideas and
bestprices. You can then buy online or head to the shops armed with a plan.
- Table décor can be expensive so think of how you can use what you have at home or if buying things make sure you can use them throughout the year.
- Use real plants that can be planted in the garden.
- Upcycle and get creative.
- If you have children get them to be crafty and make decorations, cards
- Do a “Christmas” Calendar with dates of when you will be doing everything. Start in November so there is less to do on Christmas day.
- Start preparing Christmas dinner in advance.
- Traditionally Christmas pudding was made on Stir Up Sunday, the Sunday before advent started. This year it falls on 22 November.
- Make your fruit mince at the beginning of December and store in the fridge so the
- Make your own cranberry sauce and freeze ready for Christmas. Take it out of the freezer the day before and place in the fridge to defrost. Then warm through before serving.
- Make your Christmas cake. The earlier you make your cake the more the
flavourcan develop. Remember to feed your cake every two weeks with 2 tablespoons of alcohol, fruit juice ortea if you prefer.
- Bake your Christmas treats. Gingerbread, shortbread
andother baked items can be made ahead and placed in the freezer until required .
- Make gravy ahead and freeze. When you reheat stir through the pan juices from the turkey.
- Make your stuffing and store in the freezer. Defrost in the fridge overnight
- Freeze your roast potatoes ahead and then roast to crisp up with the turkey.
- Make relishes, marinades
anddressings and store in the fridge.
By starting as early as possible (when my kids were young I would buy all the gifts at the June/July sales and put on layby to be collected