Ok, so we have 1 week exactly until Christmas. So to make life a little easier, we’ve done you a little check list. As we know, this time of year is so stressful, and downright depressing for some because they’re burdened with the entire thing, from making Christmas dinner to washing up, wrapping presents to enduring relatives we don’t actually like. So I’ve broken this up into the run up. Starting from:


If using frozen, it’s imperative that meat and fish are defrosted, so today, take your Turkey out of the freezer, keep the wrapper on and submerge it in cold water for 3 hours. Then in a large tray, pop it in the fridge, it will be defrosted for the 24th.

Clear out your freezer, and organize everything in a system you understand. This will make life so much easier.

Plan your menus, do your timings and make a list of everything that needs cooking and when.


Check presents, anything you may have forgotten, people you may have forgotten and grab some extra cards. Also, check your cupboards and make a quick list of anything you may need. This is also a good time to check that your vegetables are all in order or if you’ll need to pick new up if they’re going bad.


Run through all your supplies and list anything you think you’ll run out of on the 24th




Redo your stock check, knock off things you have enough of, and add things you think you’ll need for the 24th, this also includes food and drink for the next Christmas Eve and Day.


Prepared with your list, go to the supermarket and pick up (or order online and pick it up so you don’t have to fight with the masses).


Remove the Turkey from the fridge, place in a large bowl and cover with cold water. Towards the end of the night, you can also prep your vegetables and cover with water to keep them fresh and put in the fridge, take any smaller meats/fish out of the freezer (sausages, bacon etc) and allow them to defrost in the fridge.

Make all of your preparations for gifts after the kids are in bed, and enjoy a few glasses of your favourite tipple.


You literally have everything prepped, stick to your original list of timings, and it will work like a charm.

  1. Ideally, your final shopping list shouldn’t be huge, the shops are shut for 1 day, not a month.


2x Bread

2x Milk

1x Coffee?

1x Tea?

4x Wine

24x Beer

1x Vodka?

1x Gin?

1x Sherry?

1x Irish Cream?

2x Coke

2x Lemonade

2x Tonic

Fresh Vegetables



Literally, all you are doing is catering for a party, you don’t need to do a full on monthly shop, if something runs out, you’re only doing without it for one day, and it’s not the end of the world.

All you have to do is make sure you’re organized.

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A passionate photographer from Arizona, Sara enjoys art and culture.