My 12 Part Guide to a Stress Free Christmas

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Any Eat Drink Cook stalwarts among you will remember that last year, I posted weekly guides to help take some of the stress out of Christmas.  Now we’ve hit November I feel reasonably safe in bringing them to the fore again and offering them up as a metaphoric helping hand to any of you who are starting to feel the cold, sweaty palm of panic…

Stress Free Christmas

Stress Free Christmas? Yes please!

I will lead you by the hand from now until Christmas Day and together, we’ll achieve a relaxed and joyful festive season…

For too many years, I’ve panicked and stressed my way through the whole Christmas period.  I’ve forgotten to write cards, I’ve left my shopping until the day before, I’ve overspent on presents that I’m not sure people even want.  I’ve flicked through recipe books, planning parties that I’ll never get around to organising…

Well, NO MORE!  This year, I’m putting my foot down and getting organised.  If you’d like to join me in my stress free Christmas, then great!  I’d love to share my step by step guide with you.

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What does the guide include?

Along with regular opportunities to chat, share experiences and support each other on Facebook and Twitter, my Stress Free Christmas guide will take you through each of these steps:

Part 1: Budget for a Stress Free Christmas 

Making sure you’re planning your spending now so you can spread the cost and avoid nasty shocks!

Part 2: Making 3 lists & checking them twice 

If making lists is good enough Santa,  then it’s good enough for us!  Can’t hurt to check it twice either…

Part 3: Picking Presents 

Browsing the online Christmas shops and picking your way through what Pinterest has to offer.  Hardly stressful, right?

Part 4: Pickling Presents 

Giving a few homemade gifts is a great way to save a bit of money whilst at the same time, giving someone a really thoughtful present

Part 5: Party Invites 

Want to throw a Christmas get together without the stress?  Well, planning when, where and who is a good place to start

Part 6: Christmas Shopping 

Beat the rush, take your time and actually enjoy buying gifts for your family and friends

Part 7: Christmas Eats & Drinks 

Get ahead by planning your food shopping in advance.  I’ll give you a head start with some great recipe ideas and inspiration

Part 8: Party Food & Clothes 

Party planning phase two – you know the date, place and people.  Now the important stuff – what you’re eating and what you’ll wear! Hurrah! More recipes coming up!

Part 9: Christmas Cake

Have you ever made your Christmas cake in advance and fed it booze, the old fashioned way?  If not, then this is the year to embrace tradition and give it a go.  Guess what – I’ll have a few recipes to share..

Part 10: Turkey & Trimmings

No last minute panic about not having enough for Christmas dinner. You’ve planned what you need, now’s the time to get it ordered.

Part 11: Christmas Cards & Mince Pies

No day should go by in December without the consumption of a mince pie so it’s time to get stocked up.  Writing your cards will go by so much faster and more pleasurably with a glass of mulled wine and a warm, flakey, sticky, spicey mince pie by your side. What’s that I hear you cry? You’ll need a recipe or two?  Consider it done!

Part 12: Decorations

Time to really start feeling festive.  Get the tree up and give your house a Christmas makeover

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Colette Broomhead

I am a 30 something mother of 2 little boys and I live with them and my husband in Nottingham. My passions are my family and friends, my kitchen, my cookery books and all things food and drink!

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