1 November 2017

Christmas Planning Made Easy

I've patiently waited until November 1st to start sharing my exciting Christmas features with you all - I'm a complete Christmas fanatic who plans months ahead and all of our Christmas shopping is already done! Presents are ready to be wrapped, our tree will be up by the end of the month, festive plans are made, but what about all the little things you have to remember when getting ready for Christmas? Here are 15 small and easy tasks to tick off of your list before Christmas comes around, to guarantee a stress-free and fun Christmas Day spent with loved ones.

Plan Christmas to make it easy
PLAN AHEAD & GET THINGS STARTED IN NOVEMBER

001. Get your cookbooks out, grab your meal planner and plan your festive meals. Whether you're going all out Christmas Day or enjoying lots of festive celebrations in the run-up to Christmas, planning your menus ahead and putting together a shopping list will make things less hectic when it comes to doing your food shops in December. You could even get your shopping basket ready online and order in advance to be really organised!

002. Dedicate half an hour to sit down with your diary and pop all the friends and family you want to see over the festive season a call, text or message. If you plan your free time now, you won't be rushing around to make sure you see everyone at the last minute and you can enjoy festive getaways without worrying about rushing to your next event.

003. If you haven't already started, now would be a good time to start on your Christmas present shopping. Write a list of everyone you want to gift this Christmas and a budget for each person; be realistic about what you can afford and stick to your budget as best you can, but if you find a perfect gift that's worth spending a little more on, don't be afraid to go off budget.

004. Got a fancy event over the festive season? November is a great time to bag a bargain deal on your perfect outfit (or two!), no rushing around the shops before any last minute event invites means more time with friends and loved ones.

005. Get cooking! Anything you can cook in advance and freeze until your festive meal will save you time on Christmas day when your to-do list in the kitchen is going to be long enough. Stuffing, pies, sides and desserts, you'll be glad to have less to do on the day.

006. If you have little ones, now is a great time to plan some festive themed activities. Painting, activity packs, making your own Christmas cards or Christmas baking. Stock up on sticker packs and sort yourself a Christmas movie list. Make a list of all the Christmas themed activities you can do together so you always have something to do when they need entertaining.

007. Avoid the inevitable rush and busy season with posting cards and gifts early. I like to make sure anyone I am sending a Christmas card has theirs posted out the last few days of November, making a nice festive arrival early in December and avoiding the usual two-three week period of slow mail and late deliveries.

008. November is always a great time for sales nationwide and Black Friday, although an American tradition, is super popular in the UK. Most department stores and shops will have sales, often with hugely reduced prices. This is a great chance to buy more pricey presents at much lower prices. I'll be sharing my favourite Black Friday deals and offers over on my Twitter @TattooedTealady, so make sure you can keep an eye out for a Christmas bargain.

009. Are you doing advent calendars this year? Whether buying one ready-made or making your own, make sure you don't leave it too late. Everyone loves opening up the first door of their advent calendar on December 1st, so this is definitely one to organise in November!

010. It's time to get in the attic. You don't have to put your tree up just yet (I like to have all the Christmas decorations up and ready by midnight on December 1st at the latest, personally!), but now is a good time to check everything is still OK after a year in boxes. Is your tree complete? Any decorations that need replacing? Or maybe you just want to go for a new theme altogether; now is the best time to get it sorted.

YOUR EARLY DECEMBER TO-DO LIST

011. December is here and no matter how much you don't want it to, the next few weeks are going to whizz by and Christmas will be here before you know it. Now is the time to take advantage of supermarkets being less hectic and grab all the essentials for your Christmas meal that can be stored, in the fridge, freezer or cupboard, so you're not making any last minute shopping trips on Christmas Eve!

012. If you have plans to see friends or family over the festive season who you are gifting to, make sure to have their gifts wrapped and ready to go somewhere easy to find, so that you're not rushing around and arriving late because of last-minute present-wrapping!

013. If you're planning to buy your meat from a local butcher, make sure you get your orders in early. Good butchers are super busy in December and can have long wait lists with deposits needed when ordering. The same goes for meat from supermarkets, if you're not cooking your main meat from fresh and can pop it in the freezer to get out when needed, go out and get your meat early on to avoid any Christmas dinner disasters.

NOT LONG NOW, GET THESE THINGS SORTED QUICK

014. Are you the Christmas chef this year? It might be a good idea to sit down a week or so before Christmas and work out your timings for different courses, pick up any last ingredients and make sure you have a plan in place that gets your meal ready at just the right time. Christmas dinner doesn't have to be stressful and everything can run smoothly with some nifty pre-planning.

015. Set the table the night before. Laying out your Christmas tablecloth and getting plates, cuterly, glasses and napkins all set out will give you that extra bit of time when you're getting dinner done. Every little helps and this is one easy task you can get done the night before for a smooth dinner service.

It's easy for your Christmas to-do list to build up, but if you stay organised, Christmas doesn't have to be stressful.


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  1. Number 6 is what I'm all about at the moment. I am so excited!! E will be 15 months old at Christmas so I don't know how much she'll notice but it's going to be so much fun!

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    1. Oh 15 months will be a lovely age at Christmas! Willow was 11 months last year and I don't think she understood any of it xo

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  2. Such a useful post! Definitely gonna go back through it later and note down some of the things I need to do! xx

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    1. Thank you lovely!! Hope it helps make Christmas less-stressful xo

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  3. We were only discussing today where the tree and decs would go due to space this year! Xx

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  4. Fantastic tips. I am pretty much done with my Christmas shopping too as I prepare way in advance like you. I'm trying to pencil in meet ups with all my friends too x

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    1. Thank you Rhian! Good to hear I'm not alone in planning ahead. I hope you enjoy your festive meetups with friends! xo

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  5. Great tips here. I have started planning my Christmas shopping.

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    1. Thanks Stella! Hope the Christmas shopping goes smoothly for you xo

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  6. Very helpful post! I absolutely love digging out the Christmas recipe books and deciding what to cook 😊

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    1. So glad you found it helpful Helen! Oh, me too! Although I often wish I had time to cook EVERY recipe I like the look of ha xo

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  7. Yikes! So impressed at how organised you are. I am yet to buy one present! That said, I have organised our flights and accommodation for back in the UK, so that's something! Totally agree on the cooking - as a food blogger I am definitely thinking about Christmas, although most people are way ahead of me on that one, too! haha

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    1. Ah, I do like to be organised! That sounds like a pretty important thing to get organised :) xo

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  8. I can’t believe it’s November!! This is such a helpful list! It’s our first Christmas as a family of three so I want to make it special for us so a list like this isn’t going to help me so much! I shall be pinning for reference! X

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    1. Thank you Maisie, so glad you found it helpful. The first Christmas as a family of three is truly magical!! xo

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  9. Great tips. I haven't even started my Christmas shopping yet. I really should though. :s

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    1. Thanks Beth! Yes - get started asap! xo

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  10. Some great tips here. I am so especially unorganised all of the time, this year feels extra worse a new baby keeping me busy!

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    1. Thanks Heidi, so glad you found my post helpful! Ah but babies first Christmas, it'll be so magical xo

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  11. Some great suggestions here - I love Christmas but it can be quite a stressful time!

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    1. Thanks Lucy! It really can, always best to get as much done in advance as you can xo

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  12. Excellent tips! I will be bookmarking this page for later. I really need to be more organised this Christams.

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    1. Thanks so much Esther! I hope it helps you have a stress-free Christmas xo

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  13. Wow, you are one organised bunny! I need to take a leaf out of your book as every year I just wing it (although we don't normally do much!) This year will be different as it's our first family Christmas with Violet so I think it'll be totally different and I need to get my organisation on! :)

    Lyndsay xx

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    1. This Christmas is going to be SO magical for you! xo

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  14. These are such great tips! You're so organised! I've already started my shopping. Amelia is done, just need maybe some play pots and pans for her mini kitchen, my mums done and only 3 others to buy for :D

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    1. Thank you Lucie, so glad you like my tips and tricks for making Christmas less stressful! You sound pretty organised yourself!! xo

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  15. Are you in love with Christmas? I couldn't tell? ;) Some of these tips are super handy! Especially the ones about Christmas activities for kiddies - Maddy will be a bit older at Christmas and although we won't be able to do too much because she'll still only be almost 4 months, things like salt dough & ornament making will be fun!!

    www.bekylou.com

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    1. Haha! I do love Christmas!! It's just such a lovely time of year (when you take the stress out of it!) Yes! I keep meaning to make some salt dough xo

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  16. Such a useful post! Thank you for the tips.

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    1. So glad you found my post useful! xo

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