Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Christmas Organisation: 3 Days To Go

Just three more days to go!  Now is the time to start to relax and really get into the Christmas spirit, and having followed our Christmas organisation guide you will be so sorted there's plenty of time to do just that.  But before you pour another sherry, take a moment to finalise your Christmas Eve plan and to make sure everything else is well and truly sorted.

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Make sure:

  • Any cards you will be handing out personally to friends and family are written, including personal messages they'll treasure.
  • Presents are wrapped, and delivered in advance if necessary.
  • Stocking fillers are wrapped and sorted into groups for quick stocking stuffing on Christmas Eve.
  • You have all the equipment you need: cooking and serving dishes, cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery, glassware, chairs etc.
  • You've stocked up on paper napkins, crackers, ice for drinks, kitchen roll, loo roll, batteries, dishwasher stuff/washing up liquid, soap/handwash etc.
  • Do a last quick clean round, get the laundry up to date, and rinse any serving dishes or cooking utensils you don't use often.

Plan Christmas Eve

Write a time plan for cooking your Christmas Day meal, and make sure it works with when people arrive/leave, when present opening will happen, etc.

Plan to do as much as you can on Christmas Eve, such as setting the festive table; organising everything you will need in the kitchen and at the table; peeling vegetables; taking any pre-made foods out of the freezer to defrost in the fridge; chilling wine, Champagne and mixers; and laying out Christmas Day outfits for everyone.

But the most important thing to include on your Christmas Eve plan is plenty of time to have fun, plenty of time to spend with your kids, and plenty of time to remember what Christmas is all about.  Go to a church service in the afternoon, make cookies or Christmas crafts, go for a walk to admire the local lights, embrace Christmas.  And then top it all off with the classic traditions of hanging stockings and leaving a snack our for Father Christmas and the reindeer before bed.  Then read some classic stories, ending with 'Twas the Night Before Christmas of course.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas tableware, Tesco

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