Less than a month to go to Christmas! Not that we’re counting…
Who are we kidding – we absolutely are counting down the days! It’s the most exciting time of the year and, unfortunately, can also be one of the most stressful.
If your family, like many other Australians, does a big Christmas, then you’ll agree that there’s a tiny part buried deep inside of us that shakes a fist at the advent of the festive season.
But it’s nothing that a little prior planning and preparation (the 3P’s) can’t help. Here are some tips for getting a head start this Christmas.
Plan now what you’re going to serve on the big day and think about what can be cooked in advance. For example, Christmas puddings and fruit cakes can be made at the start of December and will keep for the whole month.
If you’re doing a roast, season it the night before. Most importantly, visit your butcher to place your meat order now, otherwise if you leave it to the day then you might have no choice but to purchase left over low quality product.
Seafood, on the other hand, will need to be picked up on the day. Check with your local fish monger what their opening hours will be over Christmas and how they recommend you can make sure you get exactly what you’re after.
We know there’s no point telling you to do your gift shopping early because, let’s face it, nobody ever does! But if there’s one thing you should try to do it’s to try space out your gift-wrapping because you’re going to need all the energy you can get for other activities!
Don’t bend over backwards with the decorating. If you’re short on time to decorate the whole house, make the Christmas table your focus.
Embrace the Australian summer Christmas and go for simple, bright and colourful touches – rustic never goes out of style. Pick up some fresh, seasonal flowers from the local florist and put them in whatever vases and jars you have lying around at home. Table runners, ribbons and candles dotted around the room are also easy wins.