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Christmas Planner A Step By Step Guide To Making Your Festive Season Run Smoothly

Updated on April 1, 2018

Making Lists

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.

Shopping Online

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.

Christmas Lights
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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.

Perfect Christmas Dinner
Perfect Christmas Dinner | Source

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.

Happy Christmas!

Do You Get In A Muddle At Christmas? Or Are You Organised?

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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Thanks CelebrateUSA, glad you liked it, I try to be organised this time of year as the rest of the year I have useless! lol!

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      Ken Kline 

      6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois


      Oh, I need all the help I can get. Wonderful and very timely! Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      So, what did you receive this year?God has been good to me this year. I reeievcd Grudem's Systematic Theology, two books by Mark Driscoll (The Radical Reformission and Confessions of a Reformission Rev), two books by C.J. Mahaney (Humility: True Greatness and Living the Cross-Centered Life), Mark Dever's Nine Marks of a Healthy Church and J.I. Packer's Knowing God. That's just books alone, but I won't go into the unnecessaries.What was your favorite gift?Oy tough one. I haven't read them all yet so I'll have to reserve judgment on that.What did you learn this Christmas?It's so much more beautiful to serve and emphasize the Gospel than to look at the marvelous traditions that we keep. It sometimes just deepens the traditions.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Thanks michele, that would be great, I will be over to take a look! lol!

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      Michele Kelsey 

      8 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      I really love Christmas! You did a super job of explaining how to be organized for the holiday. I'm working on a hub on planners and have touched on holidays, but I'd love to add your link so that my readers could have more holiday information in terms of planning. Would that be okay? It should drive more traffic your way too! :) Michele

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, suzette, I am usually so disorganised that this year I decided to do everything the right way around! lol! so thank you. And I wish you a really Happy Christmas to you and all your family too, its been great reading your hubs, and I love hearing about different parts of the world and other hubbers lives, have a great time! thanks!

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      Suzette Walker 

      9 years ago from Taos, NM

      Nell: You are such a practical, organized woman! You always give us the best tips. These Christmas tips are so common sense, but we seem to forget them in the holiday rush. Thank you for another useful, interesting and well-written hub! Voted up!

      I want to take this time to wish you a Happy Holiday season and the best to you and your family. A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I've enjoyed knowing you and reading your hubs on hubpages.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Coolmon, thanks, I always get in a muddle so this is so helpful to me too, I thought if I wrote it down it would sink in a bit better! lol!

      Hi, Audrey, trust you! lol! I want one now, so I will have to go and figure out how to make it! Have a great Christmas!

      Hi, lily, thanks so much, and congrats on your working! yeah! isn't it a nice feeling when you know the money is going to be regular? I have really got to find another job after Christmas! thanks again, and have a great Christmas! cheers nell

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      9 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Up and Awesome Nell; you always research for us, and truly do your math! Now all I have to do is get money.I'm Working!!!! Yay! Dear soul, keep being the qualitative star for thse kinds of hubs, Happy Holidays Sweetpea! lily

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      Nell, I must be REALLY tired and it's only Tuesday. I thought this was about how to make a holiday RUM SMOOTHIE. Holy cow!

      Great tips - and could you please now do another hub on how to make a holiday Rum Smoothie - preferably one for breakfast? ha ha

      Happy Holidays to you and yours~

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      9 years ago from Texas, USA

      Good information and a good reference, I will bookmark this one, Christmas preparations can be stressful.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, agusfanani, thanks for reading, I definitely need to use it this year, my mind seems to have forgotten even how to send a card! lol! cheers nell

      Hi, Alicia, and I hope you have a really good Christmas too, thanks so much, nell

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      Linda Crampton 

      9 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the useful reminders, Nell. I hope that you have a great Christmas!

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      9 years ago from Indonesia

      Now people are readier to celebrate after getting those useful tips. It's a useful hub for preparing special occasions.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, pras, thank you so much, I hope my heart is as pure as a white Christmas, I know yours is, I hope you have a great Christmas holiday, or winter holiday, hugs nell

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love Christmas, although I am Muslim. I can find something beautiful during Christmas celebration. I really enjoy this hub. Well done, Nell. I hope your heart as pure as a white Christmas...amen. Rated up!

      Blessing and hugs, Prasetio

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      HI, Eddy, thanks so much, we always forget something so this helped myself too! lol!

      Hi, Green Lotus, I have been caught out with the Christmas lights so many times, but not this year! lol! thanks!

      Hi, Diana, I can totally sympathise on that, my pc is so slow it takes me about an hour, no exaggeration on that, to actually start the thing, I really need a new one, but will have to wait for the sales! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Diana Grant 

      9 years ago from London

      I liked the idea of charging all batteries - just the sort of thing I would forget. I'm miles behind in my planning this year, what with illness in the family and permanent breakdown of computer, printer AND mobile phone, and having to learn to deal with replacements this week - nightmare!

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      9 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great ideas and I like the one about checking to see if those Christmas lights work before you install them on your tree (or house)! I know how it feels to flick the switch and only half of them light up! Wishing you a fun with your preparations. Cheers

    • Eiddwen profile image


      9 years ago from Wales

      Hi Nell,

      So well presented,written and shared as always.

      This one is so useful that I vote up plus bookmark.

      Take care and I wish you a wonderful day.


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, christopher, thanks! I just have to get myself organised now! lol! hope you have a great Christmas, cheers nell

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      Christopher Antony Meade 

      9 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Some great tips there Nell, for minimising the stress, and maximizing the enjoyment, for the whole family.

      Have a great Christmas.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Pamela, glad to be of help! Have a great Christmas! and thanks, nell

      Hi, Polly, I know what you mean about the gifts, I only have three people to buy for, and one of those, my son, is going to be with his girlfriend, ah well never mind, a day in front of the TV! and I hope you have a great Christmas! cheers nell

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      9 years ago from US

      I wish I got enough gifts to need a list, ha! lol I don't even go to the bathroom without a note anymore, that is sure good advice. I do buy all the presents up ahead but I saved the most important one this year until last and now I am sweating bullets! How does it always sneak up so quick?

      Merry Christmas!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, redknickle, me too usually! lol! but thanks for reading, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Cardisa, better to do it early than later, if you are anything like me, I panic if its too late! lol! thanks as always, nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Jools, I wrote this to give myself a push too! lol! I always leave it to the last minute, so this year I am planning! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nell, You make some great suggestions with this hub. I am already behind and will follow some of your suggestions to enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas.

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      9 years ago from New Brunswick Canada

      hmm very good article.i have to admit though that i am guilty of always procrastinating about Christmas preparations though

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      Carolee Samuda 

      9 years ago from Jamaica

      I usually start planning my Christmas dinner from early. My fiancé cannot understand

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      Jools Hogg 

      9 years ago from North-East UK

      Nell, Good hub - I am already in organisational mode (reluctantly - I'm like this every year)and have almost finished shopping and have already started my online food order, though that is a work in progress leading up to the day it's delivered.


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