The best ways to prepare for Christmas

Cook early to get prepared for Christmas

We are well into the festive season now and Christmas Day will be here before you know it, which means it is time to get prepared. Not only can preparation for the day make things run a bit smoother, it can also mean you enjoy it more and that you don't get too stressed out.

We all prepare for days like Christmas in different ways, but there are some things you can do that will make it all a lot easier. Here are some of our top tips to make sure you have everything ready for December 25th:

Check and double check

The chances are you'll forget something until the last minute, which can result in a mad rush to try and sort it out. This is why it is a good idea to check things off as you go, as this will help you realise what you still have to do or buy and so avoid the Christmas Eve dash.

You can try making lists for everything as this will help you to physically tick things off so you know that you have definitely dealt with them. It also means you add things to your list as you think of them, which should ensure you don't forget anything.

Shop early

There's nothing worse than trying to deal with shops a few days before Christmas. If you do manage to find somewhere to park, you'll then have to fight through the crowds and queue up for ages to pay for goods - that's if you can even get what you wanted to buy!

Heading to the shops early to get everything from your turkey to Christmas crackers will save you the stress of last-minute shopping while also ensuring you get everything you need. You may even find that shopping online is the best option, especially as you can compare prices to get the best deal.

Websites will usually tell you when their cut-off date is for things to arrive before Christmas, so you'll know that everything will get to you before the big day. Then you just have to sit back and let the postman do all the work!

Our final day of shopping for guaranteed Christmas delivery is midday on December 17th, so you know that anything you buy before then will be with you in time for December 25th. You can shop all of our gifts here if you need some great ideas.

Delegate

Not only can preparation for the day make things run a bit smoother, it can also mean you enjoy it

You shouldn't end up having to do everything if there are family members who are able to help you out. It is a good idea to delegate where you can, as this takes pressure off you and ensures you can enjoy the festive season.

Let everyone know what you need them to do - even if it is just popping the Christmas cards in the postbox - and when it needs to be done by. This will likely make your list a lot shorter so it is easier to prepare what you need to.

Wrap as you go

As if buying all the presents wasn't enough, you also need to wrap everything! This can be an incredibly daunting prospect, especially when you're looking at a huge pile of unwrapped gifts.

No one wants to be wrapping presents into the early hours of the morning on Christmas Day - especially if they are also cooking Christmas Dinner. The simple way to avoid this is to wrap as you go.

When presents arrive, wrap them up on the same day and put them away ready to pop under the tree on Christmas Eve. Doing this means that by the time the evening of Christmas Eve arrives, you'll be able to put your feet up and relax.

Start cooking early

We all know that cooking a turkey can take hours - and that's not counting the time it takes to defrost and prepare your bird! Then you have all the trimmings to sort out too, which can mean you spend most of Christmas Day in the kitchen.

However, there are things you can cook the day before that will be perfectly fine to reheat, including your turkey. If you don't care whether you carve your bird at the table or not, cook it on Christmas Eve - which also means you can be sure it is cooked properly - and then just reheat what you will need to use.

You can even prepare vegetables ready for cooking, simply popping them in the fridge in a covered dish until you need them. This preparation saves you time and energy on Christmas Day and will ensure you can spend more time with your family.

To make Christmas even easier, you can get 15% off and free P&P on all orders over £35 until December 18th, which means you can treat people for less and still get gifts in time for December 25th.