Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Getting organised for Christmas: the ultimate to-do list

The festive period can admittedly be quite stressful. You’ve got to do all your Christmas shopping for friends and family, decorate your home, stock up on wrapping paper, buy all your food and drink and get all the games down from the loft – amongst other things! If your to-do list is looking pretty daunting, do not fear. Below, you’ll find the perfect guide for everything you need to do, exactly when you need to do it. This will help to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

November

Work out who will be coming for Christmas dinner

Christmas will be tougher this year. If you are in a position to invite family members from other households over, it is worth deciding who will be coming over early on. This means that you can prepare for any food allergies or intolerances and buy food and drink that is appropriate. Just be aware that the rules could all change again before Christmas, so be prepared to be flexible.

Make good use of your diary

Even though your diary will no doubt be a lot quieter this Christmas, ensure that you take the time to write down any events or lunches that you have planned. This will help to avoid letting anyone down – and it means you won’t double book yourself for anything.

Start Christmas shopping

November is the ideal time to start your Christmas shopping. Deals such as Black Friday will be on, and getting it done earlier will help you to feel less stressed.

Start writing your Christmas Cards

Seeing as you won’t be able to see huge groups of friends or family this Christmas, remind them that you’re thinking of them and get some cards sent out in the post. It could be the pick-me-up that they need.

December

Decorate

It’s time to make the house look pretty! Pop your wreath on the door, pick out a Christmas tree and get decorating with your family.

Wrap presents

You’ve been hiding them in cupboards, under the bed and in the basement for weeks, and now it’s time to finally wrap them! When everyone else has gone to bed, use the peace and quiet to get all your presents ready to give on Christmas Day.

Do the food shop

No matter whether you’re hosting for two or six, getting the food shop done is a huge thing to tick off your list. Whether you’re going for turkey, or indulging in a vegetarian dinner, use the week before Christmas to pop into the supermarkets – or order everything in advance online.

Have a magical festive period, however you’re celebrating.

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