Start early so that you are organised in advance and can enjoy the festive build-up.
Choosing gifts can be one of the most enjoyable bits of Christmas, so give yourself
lots of time – sit down with a cup of tea and make a list of everyone and what they
might like. Don’t stress about finding the perfect present – often something quirky,
unexpected or homemade can bring the most pleasure.
The best gifts are often unique – either make items yourself or if you don’t have
time (let’s be honest here, how many of us do?) then buying from designer-makers
who have one-off items is the next best thing.
Buy local and enjoy sampling new tastes from smaller artisan producers. Order your
big items in good time and then shop locally before the big day to stock up on fresh,
Do as much food preparation as you can and either freeze or chill it so it’s just
last-minute bits to do on the day – and get everyone to help!! No sloping off with
the giant crossword if there are still sprouts to peel…
Enjoy setting the Christmas Day table if you are the host – having a sparkly, pretty
table really sets the scene for the Christmas meal and makes it seem extra special.
If you are able to, set the table the day before so you have plenty of time and can
On Christmas morning, start the big day with a brisk frosty walk followed by a glass
of fizz! And finally, don’t forget to switch the oven on!
Tips by Catherine Gee from Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair.