Halloween has come and gone, which means one thing – Christmas is just around the corner. Whether you are ready or not, been good or bad, there are presents to buy, pantries to stock, plans to make and wine to drink! Is it possible to be ready for battle with the best tips and a kick ass attitude to not just get through Christmas, but for 2019 to smash it out of the park? Here are my 2019 Christmas Survival Tips!
The easiest way to take the stress out of Christmas is to shop online. From your grocery shop to Christmas gifts, order online and either get it delivered or click and collect. Take advantage of the upcoming Black Friday (Friday 29th November) and Cyber Monday sales to do your Christmas shopping! Retailers such as Catch, JB Hi-Fi, Good Guys, Sephora, Amazon, Kogan & Bonds have great Black Friday sales. Check out other Australian retailers here. Stay tuned for more Black Friday sales info!!
Make your list and check it twice
2019 Christmas Survival starts and ends with your Christmas list! Take my top tip and start your list early and take it wherever you go! Tick off those purchased gifts and wrap them as you buy them. This will save you tonnes of stress on Christmas Eve. Download my Christmas List to give yourself a head start!
Get the presents out of the way early
Don’t let the last few gifts linger on, get them all out of the way! Some years I have found that I started off really well, then proceeded to leave the rest of my Christmas gift shopping to the last minute. When you have kids or are entertaining at your place, this is a recipe for disaster. Tackle the gifts first!
Hosting Christmas at your place can be daunting! I find that planning the menu ahead of time and making the shopping list, eases the stress.
An Aussie Christmas Menu
Brushetta and antipasto platters are easy to prepare and are a crowd pleaser. Combined with a champagne cocktail or punch, and everyone will be in a very festive mood!! Other ideas could be a selection of seafood before the main meal or a hearty salad chock full of buffalo mozzarella, smoked ham, cos lettuce and tomatoes. Yum!!!
Baked ham and turkey are always on the menu here. Sometimes we have done a BBQ and added fresh seafood such as prawns and crab. Salads and roast vegetables are added to the menu as well.
I always serve a Pavlova, Christmas pudding with Custard, Ice cream and Gingerbread cookies. I bake the pavlova and gingerbread ahead of time. The pavlova is topped with cream and delicious berries. For our dairy free guests, the pavlova omits the cream but has a berry coulis and berries. Another idea is an ice cream cake, I love Gelato Messina’s ice cream cakes especially the bombe Alaska!
Prep ahead of time
2019 Christmas Survival really comes down to being ahead of the game, organised and prepping whatever you can ahead of time! Have your recipes, menu, lists ready to go! Attack Christmas 2019 head on and you will find that it will be one of the easiest and most enjoyable Christmases you have ever had!!
Eat, drink and be Merry!
When you feel overwhelmed, remember that you are planning Christmas 2019 for your loved ones. They don’t care if the turkey is overcooked, you forgot the sauce or that the decorations are non-existent! They want to spend time with you, make it as easy as you can for yourself so that you can soak up your family and friends and enjoy the holidays!
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