With Christmas fast approaching, now is the time to start putting together the Christmas Day checklist and begin those preparations. Here are some of those all-important items to include on your checklist and get marked off before Christmas Day arrives.
Start by grabbing a pen and paper or make a spreadsheet for all the tasks that need to be completed. Once you have your list of tasks, prioritise them and assign each family member a few tasks to complete.
Food preparations are a good item to start thinking about early, especially if you are sharing this task amongst family and guests coming on Christmas Day. The first place to start is with the menu. If you have everyone bringing something along on the day then either start by assigning guests a course (e.g. snack, meats, salad, etc) or assign everyone an actual dish (e.g. ham, turkey, etc).
Once you have divided up the food preparations, begin to write your shopping list for ingredients you need to buy and go through each recipe one-by-one to ensure you purchase everything required. Now is a great time to start purchasing those non-perishable food items and leave the perishable items to purchase closer to Christmas Day. This will help to make your Christmas food shop faster, especially with food shops being mayhem on Christmas Eve and help to spread out the cost.
Finally, don’t forget to take the time to clean out your fridge, freezer and pantry to ensure there is enough space to accommodate for all the food. It’s a good idea to do this whilst you are writing your shopping list. You may have ingredients in your fridge or pantry that you can use for the recipes which will help to cut-down the food bill.
If you are hosting the family for Christmas Day, then preparing the house for guests is important. This is another item on your list that can be tackled overtime in the lead up to Christmas. Again, write a list of tasks and get the family involved to help mark those tasks off faster. If you not only have guests coming for Christmas Day but also staying for a few days, then preparing the guest bedroom is an important task to tick off the list in advance. Below are a few ideas for house preparations.
- Tidy up guest bedrooms
- Wash and change bed linen in the guest bedrooms
- Clean up outdoor living area (e.g. pressure wash deck, clean off patio furniture, cut grass, trim hedges, remove weeds)
- Clean up pool and pool area
- Clean bathrooms
- Vacuum and mop floors
- Ensure all dishes and tableware are clean and ready for use on Christmas Day (put the dishwasher on Christmas Eve)
If you haven’t completed your Christmas gift shopping yet, then now is the time to get this finalised. Write a list of who you have left to purchase for and take the time to think about the gifts you are going to purchase for each family member or friend. If you are planning on online shopping, ensure you double check retailers delivery dates to ensure the gifts will still arrive on time. If you are planning on visiting the shopping centre, it’s best to be super prepared by knowing the gift you are purchasing and the store to purchase the gift from. This will make your shopping trip faster and less stressful. Also, ensure you hit the shops as they open to help avoid those busy Christmas crowds. Lastly, don’t forget to purchase wrapping paper and gift tags and wrap gifts in advance or allocate time on Christmas Eve.
Table Setting & Seating
Christmas is the time of year when you usually have the most amount of people in your home at once. This means that most people don’t have enough tables and chairs to accommodate. Take the time now to think about the number of people coming to your place for Christmas Day and how many tables and chairs you require for the day.
For the table setting, ensure there is enough plates, knives and forks available for the day. If you don’t have enough, disposable tableware is always a good option (also suitable for children to use on the day). This also helps to cut-down on the amount of cleaning up required.
Finally, don’t forget about Santa and his reindeer. On Christmas Eve, bake some cookies and leave them out, along with a glass of milk and some carrots for Santa and his Reindeer.
Once you have marked off all your tasks and finished your Christmas Day preparations, put your feet up, relax and enjoy this time with your family and friends. Merry Christmas!