Getting organised and planning for the festivities is the easiest way to ensure you have the Christmas you deserve. Here’s what you need to do – and when.
Decide where you’re going to be spending Christmas and, if you need to fly, get your tickets as soon as possible.
Two Months Before
Start keeping track of events and invitations on your calendar and begin the baking. Make things that you can freeze to save on the last-minute rush.
Start making plans for putting up guests. Do you need some great new bedding from House of Fraser or some towels from Matalan?
Six Weeks Before
Make a basic gift list, including everyone you have to buy for and an idea of what they’d like. Get some interesting ideas by browsing sites such as Groupon, Argos, Hotel Chocolat, The Entertainer and FireBox.
A Month Before
Three Weeks Before
Post your cards and buy your live tree. Get the decorations up and finalise your festive menus. You’re nearly there!
One Week Before
Three Days Before
Pick up any last-minute, fresh ingredients and make sure occasion tableware and glasses have been dusted off and washed.
Two Days Before
Finish any last-minute wrapping and make sure the battery on your phone or camera is charged. Make a timeline plan for the next day, put out the mince pie for Santa, crack open the sherry and sit down. It’s time for the festivities to begin!