Stay in control with our Christmas timeline

Published: Monday 19th December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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From posting cards to wrapping presents and even cooking that dreaded turkey, Christmas can be a stressful time. Luckily, we’re here with a few hints and tips for creating a magical family day.

December 19: Gifts and turkey

It’s less than a week till Christmas. Ideally you should have finished most of your gift shopping. Not to worry if not, as there are plenty of deals to be had over the next week.

You should also be seriously thinking about your food shop. Avoid the hustle and bustle of busy supermarkets by ordering it online and getting it delivered a day or so before Christmas.

Depending on the size of your turkey, you may also want to think about when to start defrosting it.

The general rule of thumb for thawing in the fridge is to allow 24 hours for every 4-5 pounds of turkey. For example, if your turkey is 10lbs, allow for 2 days and 12 hours. Alternatively, if it’s a huge 25lb turkey, take it out of the freezer 6 days before and pop it into your fridge.

December 20: The last posting dates

If you’re planning on sending season’s greetings via Royal Mail, we recommend doing it today. The latest recommended posting dates for Christmas are today for second class mail, tomorrow for first class and Thursday 22 December for special delivery.

Stock up on batteries whilst you’re at the post office, as not all toys come with them included. Little ones will be extremely disappointed if they can’t play with their gift from Santa.

December 21: Keep it clean

Deep clean your house so it’s spick and span, ready to greet your visitors. The decorations might have been up a few weeks now and will be looking a bit dusty. Gently go around your tree and make sure everything is gleaming.

If you’re having guests stay over, it’s wise to get their rooms as ready as possible, with fresh towels and supplies. You don’t want to be rushing around trying to get bedding dry a few hours before they arrive.

December 22: Put a wash on

Today is a good opportunity to get all of the clothes you’ll be wearing over the festive period washed and dried. With all the fun and excitement of Christmas, the last thing you’ll want to be doing is the laundry.

December 23: Wrap it up

To avoid last-minute panic on Christmas Eve, make sure all of your gifts are wrapped by today. Write out tags and sort gifts into small piles under the tree to ensure everyone gets the right present.

December 24: Preparation is key

Not many people relish the thought of being stuck in the kitchen on Christmas Day, so prepare as much as you can the day before. Chop up the vegetables and pop them into the fridge in Tupperware boxes, ready for a boil or steam tomorrow.

You could also put your turkey on a very low heat just before you go to bed. That way it will be freshly roasted come tomorrow dinnertime. Otherwise, season and baste it, ready for the morning.

December 25: Christmas morning

If you haven’t already, now’s a good time to pop that turkey in the oven. A turkey takes 13 minutes to cook per pound it weighs, so calculate how long you have until serving.

December 25: Christmas afternoon

About 45 minutes to an hour before sitting down for your dinner, start cooking any roasted veg you’ll be serving. If you’re having mash or Yorkshire puddings, you might also want to start boiling potatoes and mixing up the batter.

December 25: Christmas night

And relax! You’ve successfully pulled off Christmas once again. Everyone is fed, loved their gifts and can’t wait for next year. Time to grab a glass of your favourite tipple and enjoy the rest of your night in front of the telly.

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Published: Monday 19th December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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