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Here’s how to get your Christmas day plan in place so you can look forward to a less stressful December


Hunker down on the sofa and fire up your favourite Christmas movie to get into the festive spirit

Set a budget and make a list
Christmas costs can easily spin out of control, so a good place to start is to make a budget and split the total across different categories like decorations, food, gifts and outfits. Create a list of everyone you need to buy for, with ideas for each person. Start a spreadsheet to keep on top of your spending.

Pick a theme
Traditional, luxe metallic or modern, whatever your decorating theme, we have the decorations and the tree to suit. Once you’ve decided on your theme, check last year’s lights and decorations to see if you need any replacements or additions.

Agree a plan
Are you hosting, heading to family or eating out? If you’re hosting, confirm numbers, check dietary requirements, tally up how many meals you need to cater, plan menus and get your Christmas food in. Need extra dining chairs, bedding, towels or tableware? Make sure you order in plenty of time.

Play your cards right
If you don’t already have a Christmas card list make one and save it for future Christmases. Put aside an afternoon or a couple of evenings, cue up a Christmas playlist and get scribbling. The last standard posting date is 21 December.

Wrap it up
Avoid the night-before panic by wrapping as you go or doing a batch at a time over several evenings. Decide on a gift-wrapping theme or consider mixing up your wrapping papers so that each person gets their own colour.

Fire up a Christmas film
From classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle On 34th Street to family faves like Home Alone and Elf, a festive movie will get you into the seasonal spirit. Add a couple of Christmas cushions to your sofa to max the festive feeling. Check out our guide to decorating your home for Christmas for even more festive decoration ideas.

Words: Miranda Eason