Christmas Day Planning Tips

Christmas Day is stressful for a lot of people. There are so many coming over for dinner, and you just want it all to be absolutely perfect. Well, it’s time to take the stress out of it. By planning in advance, you can get it all done in no time and actually get to spend time with your family and friends. Here are all the tips you need for Christmas Day planning.

Make a Plan With the Family

Decide early about who is going where and what’s going on. Will you visit the in-laws on Christmas Day and your parents on Boxing Day? What about everyone coming to yours? Sit down with everyone and have a conversation about what is going to happen.

Once you’ve made a decision, make sure the plane tickets are booked and your travel arrangements are made. Hotels will fill up quickly this time of year and prices will increase considerably, so get ahead of the game.

Get the Parties and School Pageants Booked In

There’s nothing worse than clashing dates. The fairest way to deal with calendars is to work on a first come first served basis. Get a wall calendar and make a note of all the dates as they come in. You’ll avoid forgetting something and accidentally double booking. Make a note of absolutely all dates and times, whether it’s a school play or a work party.

Ensure everyone is aware of the calendar. You can do this online now so all family members have access to the dates and times. If another invite comes along, everyone can check the date and see if there is already something booked.

Bake Early and Freeze

There’s no need to do everything on the day or the night before. Why not get as much done in advance? October and November are the perfect months to get your baked goods made and then frozen. You can defrost them when the time comes. This is especially important for Christmas cake, which needs a month to mature!

The benefit of this is you’ll have some goodies ready for the unexpected gifts!

Not everything can be done so early. Make a list of all the things that you want to make for Christmas now and then mark down how long they will last frozen or anything that has to be done fresh. You’ll be able to get a baking plan in order to avoid too much at the last minute.

Make Your Gift List

November isn’t too early for the Christmas shopping. In fact, there are now many people who will do the shopping in the January sales, knowing that they will be the best prices.

If you’re not going to do the shopping, at least get the gift list in order. Get an idea of what you will buy for who, so you don’t miss anyone out. You can then store the gifts as you buy them.

Make sure you at least get the wrapping paper and cards now. They can be stored very easily throughout the year!

With your gift list, set your budget. How much will you spend per person? What are the necessary gifts that you need to buy? Will you arrange with individuals not to give gifts for all to keep the costs down?

There’s never a “too early” time to get things ready for Christmas. Start planning now and you will get yourself organised for the big day.  You’ll be able to spend the days running up to Christmas enjoying the parties and school plays, while on the day you’ll be able to sit down with family and have fun!

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