Get Ahead for Christmas

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Yes it’s only a month until the Christmas season starts! If the mere word sends a shiver down your spine, don’t panic. It’s all about forward planning. Make sure that your Christmas is stress-free this year by following these simple tips from the Sunny-D team.

Write several lists

To avoid stress you need to plan ahead and yes that is all about writing a list, or probably more than on list. Sit down with an inspiring glass of Sunny-D (good for brain power) and write down everything that needs to get done. Do one list for presents, including stockings, another list for food, and finally anything you need to do around the house. Then write yourself a timetable. Keep it realistic. No you’re not going to redecorate the whole house before Christmas!

Send cards and presents early

If you send cards by post, do them early (start now!) to avoid a last-minute rush. Check the Post Office deadlines for overseas posting and avoid the long queues. This varies depending on the destination. For example, for China and Australia the last recommended posting date is 19th December for USA and Canada it’s Monday 19 December 2016, and for Ireland 21st December.

Shop online

Rather than braving the Christmas crowds, do your shopping online this year. It’s quicker and easier, and can save you money too. Make sure you leave yourself enough time for delivery. And be sure to check out our top tips [link] for saving money on your Christmas shopping.

In the kitchen

If you are cooking the big Christmas meal, have a separate list for shopping. Avoid total exhaustion on the day by cooking ahead. For example, red cabbage can be made ahead and frozen. Potatoes and carrots can be peeled and kept in water for a couple of days ahead or even frozen uncooked. Bread sauce will keep in the fridge for a week or the freezer for a couple of months. Cranberry sauce will keep happily in a jam jar for up to 3 months, and it makes a great present too. Of course Christmas pudding is made in advance but why not mix things up and make a chocolate roulade that can go in the freezer?

It’s your Christmas too

Don’t be afraid to ask for help in the kitchen, if you have guests. Yes you may want to be the perfect host but this can be really tiring. There’s no need to wear yourself out, and asking people to help out makes them feel at home. Give simple tasks to children like handing round snacks or laying the table. And make sure you get out of the house for some fresh air. At the end of the day, it’s all about enjoying the day together.