Though we all want our Christmas to look as pretty as a Christmas card, the reality is we’ll probably spend the run-up before Christmas running around trying to get everything organised for the big day.
From stocking up your Christmas food to wrapping what feels like 1001 presents, there’s a whole list of jobs that need to be done before the 25th, and if you don’t forget at least a few, then you’re probably not human!
In fact, according to a survey by Argos, one in 20 of us have even forgotten to take our Christmas presents with them when visiting family and friends. And over half of adults admitted having to dash to the garage on Christmas Day to grab a last-minute essential.
No more forgetting batteries, sticky tape, or tin foil for the turkey, with this list in your hand you can tackle the Yuletide like a complete pro – without suffering from Christmas burnout!
1. Batteries. It’s a classic oversight for a reason!
2. Left-over wrapping paper and sellotape for any last-minute gifts
3. Tinfoil for cooking your turkey and covering up all those inevitable leftovers
4. Napkins and crackers for the Christmas table
5. Sauces! Cranberry, apple, bread, mint… whatever your preference. And of course, gravy!
6. Matches, for lighting Christmas candles
7. Extra loo roll
8. Board games or cards for old-fashioned entertainment
1. Book an online food shop early if you want one – slots fill up fast in the run-up to Christmas.
2. If you’re hosting, plan a Christmas clean to get your home in tip-top shape for visitors.
3. Assemble any new furniture that needs putting together, like a spare bed, sofa bed, or dining table. If you’re not confident in your DIY capabilities or you’re just short on time, consider using a service like TaskRabbit, which lets you book an experienced pair of hands to get your furniture up and ready in no time.
4. Post your Christmas cards!
5. Check that you know about any dietary requirements for visitors. Are you expecting any vegan, veggie, gluten or dairy-free guests? Are there any allergies?
6. Stock up your drinks cupboard or bar cart with your guests’ favourite tipples and maybe something special, like a Christmas gin.
7. Pack your Christmas presents if you’ll be spending the day away from home with family or friends.
8. Fill up your ice cube trays.
9. Get a head start on your dinner prep. Stuffing, sauces and gravy can all be made in advance, then frozen. You can even freeze parboiled potatoes!
10. Make sure the oven is on and set to the right temperature when you put the turkey in – sounds silly, but this is easy to forget if you’re up at the crack of dawn!