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Published on December 19th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

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Ready for a Stress-Free Christmas?

Have you finished all your Christmas shopping? Is the turkey ordered and are the Brussel sprouts already on a gentle simmer so they’re ready for Christmas lunch?

With less than a week to go to the big day, nerves are getting a little fraught. Whilst we all want to enjoy Christmas, the amount of preparation that goes into it can be daunting. We have some top tips for you to help make the festivities enjoyable for all and a little less overwhelming.

Top Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

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Make a timetable

Now is the time to create your Christmas timetable, don’t leave it until late on Christmas Eve after you’ve helped Santa finish off the mince pies and sherry. Getting prepared with a week to spare will ensure you won’t forget the pigs in blankets or essential catering supplies for your Christmas party such as paper plates and cutlery.

Get everyone involved

Make life easy for yourself and give every member of the family a task to do. From peeling the spuds, clearing all the wrapping paper, to the washing up. Remember, multi-tasking can only get you so far. You’re only one task too many away from stuffing the turkey with the sherry trifle.

Get food prepared in advance

You don’t have to get everything prepared on Christmas morning. Many Christmas food favourites can be made in advance and frozen including:

  • Gravy – Make and freeze in advance so you are not rushing to get it ready when the turkey is ready to serve.
  • Stuffing – You can cook then freeze it before defrosting and heating it up on Christmas Day.
  • Red cabbage – This is one vegetable accompaniment that actually improves in flavour if prepared a few days in advance.
  • Roast potatoes – Too many pans on the go at once on Christmas Day? You can parboil your potatoes in advance then freeze them to save time and space.
  • Sherry trifle – Mary Berry, who knows a thing or two about these things, says you should make your sherry trifle the day before Christmas Eve and then add the whipped cream on top on Christmas Day.

Just remember to add to your timetable a note to defrost anything you do prepare in advance.

Slow down and relax

Easy to say, we know. No one is going to mind if lunch is a few minutes late so just make sure to build into your timetable some me-time.

If all else fails, smell a lemon

Yes, that’s right smell a lemon. Research has found that lemon scents instantly enhance your mood.

Did You Know?

turkey dinner

Turkey helps to relieve stress? It contains tryptophan which our bodies use to make serotonin which helps reduce stress levels and boost our mood.

Last Posting Dates for Christmas

Do you still have Christmas cards or parcels to send out in time for Christmas? Well, now it really is time to get your skates on. Today, 19th December is the final day for 2nd class mail and tomorrow, Wednesday 20th December is the last day for posting 1st class mail in time for Christmas. Find all the details you need about deliveries over the Christmas period on our Delivery Info page here.

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