Christmas can be a stressful time of year, the key is being organised. If you’re hosting Christmas at your home this year, here’s 5 ways to reduce stress and get organised for Christmas Day.
5 things you can do now:
- Write your Christmas Day menu. Decided whether you will have a hot meal or a cold meal and then start writing down the food you will serve. Check the Christmas section in Book 2 if you need some inspiration.
- Delegate some of the duties. Ask people what’s their specialty dish and ask them to bring it. Be specific, don’t just ask them to bring a salad because you could end up with four potato salads and you don’t want that.
- Write your grocery list. It’s not too early; separate the perishable items from non-perishable on your list. Check the weekly special catalogues and start buying the non-perishable items now; be sure to cross them off your list as you buy them.
- Order the bigger items. Things like turkey, ham and seafood are all things that can be ordered ahead from your favourite supplier. Then closer to the day it’s just a matter of picking up and paying and you don’t have to be worried that they will sell out.
- Make your Christmas Pudding (Book 2) and cake. Cook your pudding, then keep it in the fridge; seal well. There are two Christmas Cakes in Book 2 – freeze when made, then remove on Christmas morning and let it defrost on the kitchen bench.
Don’t buy treat foods too early if they’re likely to tempt you and put you off track. Better to buy later than risk giving in to temptation in a moment of weakness.
My Christmas Survival Guide eBook is filled with suggestions to help make your Christmas a joy-filled one. Take a look.