This week, it’s Christmas Countdown 4 weeks to go, and we’re focusing on the big day itself. Plans, menus and shopping lists. Plus, there’s a few fun tasks to get you right into the festive spirit.
This time in 4 weeks, Christmas will literally be a few days away. Before that sends you into a mad panic (if you haven’t already been in a Black Friday panic), take a few minutes to go through my Christmas Countdown posts over the last few weeks. They will help you get organised so you can relax right through the holiday season.
This week, we’re starting to focus on the big day.
Task One: Work out logistics for Christmas Day
By now, you probably know who is going where for Christmas Day. If you haven’t got it sorted yet, now is the time to do so! Are you going to host? Are you visiting family or friends? Are you trying to fit in 76 different relatives in different corners of the country?
Take a few minutes to sit down with your other half and work out when you’re going to travel, or when guests are going to arrive. Sketch out an outline of the day, and what you’d like to happen. Keep it flexible and reasonable – it needs to be relaxed and easy-going, not a military procedure!
Task Two: Plan your menus
When I lived in Luxemburg many years ago, a French chef laughed at the British because we all eat turkey on Christmas Day. I was baffled: what’s laughable about Christmas turkey?
Now, you can have exactly what you want to on Christmas Day, but you need to plan what you’re going to have so that you can…
Task Three: Order your food
Right. This is the big one for this week.
Over the next week, all the major supermarkets will open up their Christmas Delivery slots. Many are available now.
If you like to buy your meat from a butcher, get it ordered this week. BBC Good Food have a Guide to Turkeys which is really useful.
Hopefully, you’ve already planned to make your Christmas pudding and cake – I’m doing ours this weekend – but if not, get them ordered too.
Task Four: Buy your Christmas jumpers!
I have been keeping my eyes out and there are some brilliant Christmas jumpers around this year. Dorothy Perkins and Warehouse have some really nice ones for women, and I’ll probably get the boys’ from George at Asda or Matalan. One day, I’ll convince Tim to get one!
Task Five: Take a present inventory
I’ve almost finished my Christmas shopping, but over the last week, I’ve worked out exactly what I’ve got for the children. I’ve stuck to my lists, but Tim and I have both been picking up the odd stocking filler here and there, and it’s adding up. It’s brilliant, because we’re almost done, but I hadn’t realised quite how close we were.
So if you’ve got time this week, do a quick check on your present list and update it. Hopefully you’re nearly there with your shopping too.
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