Once again the busiest time for most households is nearly upon us. It might seem too early in December to start worrying about it already, but there’s plenty to do in preparation for the big day. Here are a few things you’ll need to do soon if you don’t want to be running around like a headless turkey on Christmas Eve.
If you want your festive period to go without a hitch this year, it’s best to take some advice from Santa, make a list and check it twice. Organisation is key at this time of year, so make a plan, write it down, set yourselves some deadlines to get things done by and make sure you stick to them. This is especially important to consider when writing your Christmas cards, as you’ll need to make sure you give time for them to work themselves through the busy postal service at this time of year. If you really want to send them something special you could try making your own cards, but get cracking on these soon as these projects often take longer than you think. The same goes for presents, as it’s best to have a good plan of what to get people well in advance so you don’t panic in the busy high street stores.
If you’ve got family coming to stay this Christmas, then it’s important to think about what you’ll need to make them comfortable whilst they’re in your home. If they’ve got a long way to travel, make sure they have a nice, comfortable bed to welcome them to your home, rather than have to blow up an airbed before they can get some sleep. If you haven’t thought of where to put your relatives yet then don’t panic, as sites like Bedstar have a wide range of beds that can be delivered to your home at short notice. First impressions to your home can really set the mood of your Christmas celebrations, so a bed from here will make them think that you’ve been so considerate for giving them beds that are so luxurious to stay in. Add some cushions and make sure there are some clean towels on the bed for them ready. You could even make their own name cards and leave them on their pillow with a little Christmas chocolate for an extra personal touch.
Of course the big thing that can make or break Christmas Day is the dinner. If you’re cooking a turkey then make sure you read the label a good few days in advance. You probably only cook a bird this big once a year, so you might even want to memorise a recipe well in advance to get the perfect turkey. Decide when you would like to sit down for dinner and then work backwards to figure out when everything will need to go in the oven. Also make sure you have a plan on what needs to be on each shelf and on each hob at what time to make sure you don’t run out of space to cook everything.
As long as you plan these things then your festive holiday should go without a hitch. Oh and remember to buy some batteries, as we all know what a disappointment a present with flat batteries can be on the big day.
Written by Emma Moss