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From Tinsel To Turkey, This Is Your Ultimate Christmas To-Do List

Ah, Christmas. From decorating the tree to snuggling up on the sofa and watching festive films on repeat, there are so many wonderful things to look forward to this time of year. But with all the fun and merriment comes a whole lot of preparation.If it’s your turn to host this year, you might feel a little overwhelmed by all the things you have to plan out and remember.Stick with us as we guide you through key pointers and tips to help your day run as smoothly as possible. From buying the baubles to filling the Christmas Eve boxes, your ultimate Christmas to-do list is right here.

Eight Weeks Before...

Get Organised

Plan, plan, plan! Needless to say, early prep is vital when it comes to Christmas. Grab yourself a notepad and jot down everything you need to buy in the coming weeks, from food and decorations to everything in between. Create a gift chart so you can decide what you’re going to buy for every friend and family member, and when.

Stock Up On The Essentials

While it might be a little early to be sending season’s greetings just yet, there’s no harm in stocking up on some of the Christmas essentials you’ll need later on. Think tinsel, wrapping paper, and stockings for the kids. Avoid leaving these all-important purchases until the last minute.

Decide On A Tree

Got the perfect Christmas tree idea in mind for this year? Whichever style you fancy and whatever theme you’re going for, plan your Christmas tree and all the decorations to go with it well in advance to avoid disappointment when the festive period rolls around. Be sure to throw out any old, tattered decorations to make room for some shiny new ones.

Four Weeks Before...

Start Wrapping The Gifts

With so many things to remember closer to the day, getting the presents prepped and primed might just slip your mind. Save yourself some time and wrap those gifts now so you can cross one thing off your list. Stick on the Christmas tunes while you do so!

Plan The Christmas Feast

The highlight of any Christmas Day is always the food. Choose your Christmas recipes, plan out a list of ingredients, and get buying the non-perishable stuff now, so it’s ready and waiting in the cupboard. Oh, and don’t forget to book a delivery slot in good time if you’re shopping online!

Two Weeks Before...

Send The Christmas Cards

With the big day looming, now is the time to pop those greetings cards inthe post. Whatever you do, don’t leave this one until Christmas Eve!

Decorate

One of the most exciting things about this time of year is making the house look super cosy and Christmassy. Spread some festive cheer through your home and get the family together for an afternoon of Christmas decorating. Put up the wreath, line the bannisters with tinsel, and get lighting those cinnamon-scented candles.

Put Together The Christmas Eve Boxes

Christmas Eve boxes are a lovely way to keep little ones entertained while they wait for Santa Claus to arrive, so put some time aside to design a treat filled with a host of goodies. This can be anything from chocolatey treats to games, toys and pyjamas. They’ll love having something to open on Christmas Eve, so it’s well worth doing.

The Day Before...

Plan Out Your Christmas Day Cooking

When it comes to the Christmas Day feast, it’s always best to over prepare. Make a note of the timings you want to stick to so you have something to refer to when you start cooking. Save yourself the hassle and set the dinner table the night before too, so you can use that time for other things in the morning.

Unwind With A Christmas Film

With the night-before prep over and done with, it’s time to relax in front of the TV with a classic Christmas film. Pour yourself a mug of hot chocolate, slip on the cosy socks, and enjoy.

On The Day...

Thanks to your weeks of careful planning up until this point, your Christmas day should be just as wonderful as you imagined. All the preparation is over, and you’re now free to relax and spend precious time with loved ones. Get the turkey in the oven in good time on Christmas morning, and remember to keep a recycling box handy for all that wrapping paper.

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