There is just over a month until Christmas meaning that for many of you the frantic countdown of completing tasks begins!
With presents, cards, strategic organization of family and closest friends still to come, it can seem impossible to achieve a picture-perfect Christmas.
Fear not! At Mackays, creating beautiful experiences regardless of the challenging circumstances is our forte. To ease your planning and save your sanity this festive season, here is our gift to you. Mackays Christmas Countdown Checklist!
As the saying goes, ‘failure to prepare is preparing to fail!’ Avoid the Christmas dramatics this year by taking this time to begin planning your dream Christmas.
Decorations: Head into the attic and dust down those Christmas ornaments! To avoid any disasters run a full stock list and test assorted fairy lights.
Black Friday Sales: For those monitoring their purse strings seize this opportunity to purchase reduced online gifts. Sales run from November 24th to the following Monday, be sure not to miss out!
Top Tip: Wrap gifts as you get them! With prying eyes nearby, avoid the chance of spoilers and save yourself a last-minute pile of presents to tackle.
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Balancing a busy schedule and Christmas can be tough, arrange the smaller details now and save yourself a handful of tasks on Christmas Eve.
Bake and Freeze: Don’t leave yourself flustered in the kitchen at the last minute. Blast on the Christmas tunes and prepare your sweet treats with plenty of time to spare! Dazzle your friends with cakes, cookies and chocolate truffles without the hassle of a messy kitchen.
Send cards: As daunting as the large pile of Christmas cards may appear, it’s a task that cannot be missed. Here’s your chance to reconcile with your Great Aunt Edna whose feathers are still ruffled from not receiving her Christmas card last year!
The Show Stopper: What would Christmas be without a show stopping tree?! Whether it’s real or synthetic, an afternoon dancing and decorating a tree is one of the highlights of the festive season.
Where’s the Scran?: Don’t risk missing out on this year’s Turkey. Order your Turkey now before the shelves empty! While ordering now is the perfect time to create your Christmas Day menus! Take a stock of your kitchen cupboards and write out a detailed food shopping list to avoid repeat trips to the store.
With the Christmas tensions rising, remember – diamonds were made under pressure!
Dress to impress: Choose your outfit for the big day, after the effort you’ve put into your celebrations, you deserve to look and feel fabulous!
All about the stuffing: Utilise your comprehensive food list and purchase all remaining items that you will be needing on the big day! Purchase non-perishables to avoid shelves emptying and continue to pre-make smaller accompaniments to save time in the kitchen! Gravy, stuffing and bread sauce can be prepared and keep well frozen!
The big day is nearly here. Keep calm, don’t get your tinsel in a tangle!
Scrub-a-dub-dub: If it’s your turn this year to be the hostess with the mostest, it’s time for a deep clean! Watch those Christmas decorations gleam in reflection from your shiny floors and windows!
Top Tip: Be sure to clean out your refrigerator! Throw away old leftovers to make room for the ingredients and large dishes which are sure to pile up later.
Time to Recharge: With a house full of gadgets, it is easy to overlook the importance of recharging those batteries! Don’t lose out on capturing memories due to a camera with no charge. Additionally, if any of your gifts require batteries be sure to stock up to keep the kiddies entertained!
One Day to Go:
Ready, Set, cook: Preparations on the day before can save you from the unnecessary heartache of culinary struggles. Defrost your Turkey and prepare the vegetables now, giving you more time to relax and enjoy the time with your loved ones.
Father Christmas: Playing the role of Santa can be tough, don’t forget to sample the selection of cookies and wee dram left out!
With everything prepped and ready, sit back and enjoy a well-deserved glass of bubbly!
If your ever-growing list of tasks is too much to remember, here’s a handy copy of our checklist for you to keep and print.
Happy planning and Merry Christmas from Mackays!