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Kirsty’s 7 Tips to a Stress-free Christmas Day

Posted on by Kirsty Fletcher • 2 comments

So with Christmas only a matter of days away here are my top tips to help you enjoy a stress free Christmas day

Christmas Day is about spending time with the family not stood at the cooker or preparing food for hours. Follow my top tips to allow you to spend more time with your family on Christmas Day.

Now if you’re a Marks & Spencer’s household then I think you are extremely sensible but equally you can’t beat some home-made items to accompany that turkey now can you!

My top tips to the most relaxed host or hostess with the most-est on Christmas Day!

Tip Number 1

Make your gravy in advance and freeze it ready for defrosting on Christmas Eve. There are some great recipes out there but I always find the Jamie Oliver “get ahead” gravy an absolute winner. Click here for the recipe.

Tip Number 2

If you’re a family who loves Bread Sauce, you can make this in advance and freeze it ready for defrosting on Christmas Eve. Nothing beats home-made bread sauce. Again, I use a Jamie Oliver recipe substituting a few of the items for less luxury ingredients! For instance, I use Warburton’s white bread instead of Ciabatta and I use ready ground nutmeg instead of grating it myself. I like my knuckles in tact for Christmas Day! This is the recipe that I follow and it’s absolutely delicious. Click here for recipe. I just add the double cream on Christmas Day!

Tip Number 3

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Pigs in Blankets now would it! Get down to the butchers or your local supermarket and buy your streaky bacon & Chipolatas. Prepare them on baking trays and then pop in the freezer inside some large freezer Bags. Once frozen you can then remove the pigs in blankets from the baking tray leaving them in the freezer bag ready to defrost on Christmas Eve. If you have room in your freezer you can just skip the removing baking trays step and leave them on the baking trays ready to take out on Christmas Eve. You are all ready to go then.

Tip Number 4

Peel all your veg on Christmas Eve. Get the family involved, even the kids. Peeling a Brussel Sprout can keep a child amused for hours! Just make sure all your veg is sitting in enough water for it not to go brown especially your parsnips.

Tip Number 5

Try to get all the serving dishes and baking trays out ready on Christmas Eve so you aren’t panicking trying to find the right trays or dishes when it’s time to serve everything up.

Tip Number 6

Work out all your timings before Christmas Day. This might sound a bit overkill but not having to work out what time everything needs to go in the oven will save you a lot of stress on the day.

And finally tip number 7 (the MOST important!)

Make sure there are several bottles of your favourite tipple chilling nicely in the fridge ready to accompany your Christmas Day cooking! So if it doesn’t taste good, you won’t care!

So those are my top tips but there are plenty more out there! Please do feel free to add them in the comment box below.

Just remember to take everything out of the freezer on Christmas Eve!!

Wishing you all a very Merry and stress-free Christmas.

Kirsty
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2 Responses

  1. Fiona Dobson says:

    Brilliant tips… we also make and freeze Yorkshire puddings… a must for our Yorkshire family AND this year have tried and tested “roast and freeze “ potatoes… fingers crossed the family like them ..the hubby and I think we have them perfected now!! Stuffings also in the freezer and the gravy… but didn’t think to do the pigs in blankets ..I’ll be doing this tomorrow!!! So much to do and so little time but at least all the prep is done except the veg…and we can all enjoy the day glass in hand and stress free xxx

    • Hi Fiona,

      Thanks for the message and thanks for the Yorkshire Pudding tip! My daughter is insisting on Yorkshire Puddings this year and I was thinking of cheating with some Aunt Bessies but you have inspired me to look at making them in advance and freezing them. Is there a recipe you recommend?

      Merry Christmas to you and your family.

      Kirsty

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