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Christmas Planner A Step By Step Guide To Making Your Festive Season Run Smoothly
Make your to-do lists as early as possible. Make sure you start with the most important tasks first and then work your way down to the no fuss chores. This should give you a good view of the shape and size of your festivities. And it will definitely help with the planning. By writing down these lists you will be able to see exactly who is coming, what they eat and don't like, and be able to prepare accordingly.
You never know, there may be a Vegetarian lurking in there somewhere. It's amazing how many people start making their Christmas plans the wrong way round. There is no good buying in all the food and decorations before you make up your mind what you want to do.
Share The Load
Delegate all the different tasks to the appropriate people. For example, ask the children to wrap the presents and gifts, and your husband or partner to do the heavier work such as bringing in the larger table, or climbing up to hang up the decorations. This will leave you to do the lists and get the cooking ingredients sorted out.
Don't panic if you haven't got time to buy the gifts. Buy online, there are many places that will deliver very quickly, even the next day, such as Amazon. This is a great way to buy all those little things that you will forget. We all do it, spend hours at the shops and stores then when we get home we forget the most important thing of the lot. That's why having a Christmas Planner is such a good idea. This way you will save any embarrassments when your guests arrive.
Tree Time Fairy Lights And Insurance
Make sure that your Fairy lights for your Christmas tree work before you set them up. I know it sounds obvious, but you wouldn't believe how many people go to all the trouble of putting them on the tree only to find that when they switch them on they don't actually work.
If they are good to go, put the lights on the tree before the rest of the decorations. This way you can hang your sparkly globes nearest to the lights, and can see which color comes out best when only the Christmas lights are on. It makes so much difference.
Insure Your Gifts For Peace Of Mind
Accidents can always happen when you are rushing around. Not only can you attract burglars at this time of year, you can also suffer damage loss to your food and breakages in the house. A good house insurance will cover all of the above.
Charge Your Batteries
Don't forget to charge up your batteries in all your camera's, camcorders and phones. If you are buying gifts that need loads of batteries, make sure that you stock up with the right ones. There's nothing worse than buying a gift for a child who then wails that he or she needs batteries! How many times have we all done that? So make sure everything is charged and ready to go. If you don't want to put the batteries in the toys just in case they run out, wrap them and place them on the top of the gifts.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, make sure that you have loads of lovely munchies in your cupboard. Food such as little Pizza, sausage rolls, nuts and crisps/chips will always come in handy just in case you have loads of people descend on you to wish you a Merry Christmas. And don't forget to add a bottle of Wine to that list. Keep a good red or white wine separate from your holiday drinks so that you can quickly get them out of the cupboard at short notice.
Get Ready To Cook
When its time to start cooking, work your way backwards from the time that you want to eat. This way you can calculate when everything needs to be put in the oven. A good idea is to set the timer to go off whenever you need to put another dish in the oven. Timing is essential, even a few minutes can make the difference between a well cooked Turkey and salmonella! Also you don't want soggy Brussels sprouts or potatoes that have turned to mush. Trust me, I know that one very well!
Say Thank You
One of the most important and forgotten must things to do, is to make sure that your write down the name of the person who has given your children gifts. This way you will remember exactly who to send a thank you letter to, after the event. Not many people do this these days, but I think it's a vital and very polite thing to do. It makes the present giver feel just that little bit special.
Hopefully after making your Christmas Planner, everything will go great on Christmas Day, then after all the hard work and cooking, you can sit back, relax and have a well earned glass of Wine.
One last thing, just remember that after everyone has gone home, make sure that its not just you that does all the cleaning up. Get everybody working, and it will be done in next to no time.
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