Christmas Eve can be the most wonderful – and the most stressful – time of the year! There’s so much prep goes into preparing for Christmas that by Christmas Eve we just want to flop down in front of the fire.
But by Christmas Eve, there’s still so much to do with those last-minute jobs and items to check off your list that can only be done at the last few seconds! This is your complete checklist for Christmas Eve to make sure you’re ticking all the boxes and have everything ready to go and glow on Christmas Day!
Do your final big grocery shop - ingredients and household items!
Check your recipes to ensure you have the right equipment
Time how long dinner will take and verify the order you need to cook it in
Get your Christmas pyjamas ready
Have your candle ready in the window to be lit
Find baby Jesus and have him ready to put into the crib
Get your Christmas Day outfit ready
Do one last quick cleanup of the house
Wrap your last-minute presents
Write your Christmas cards
Put bottles of wine into gift bags and have cards ready to hand in case of any unexpected visitors!
Prepare some hors d’oeuvres to snack on this evening
Do the last advent calendar window
Set out Santa’s milk and cookies – and don’t forget Rudolph’s snacks!
Take a Christmas Eve photo
Check the Santa tracker to keep tabs on when the kids need to go to bed
Assemble anything that needs assembling
Lay out the stockings
Make sure you have everything ready for Christmas breakfast and set the table
Have enough firewood for a big roaring cosy fire the next night
Ensure the kitchen is clean and ready for a full day of cooking
Pre-make any part of the dinner courses that you can
Charge your cameras and phones
Give the kids their final Christmas day baths
Meal prep – anything you can get ready before time, you should – it takes the pressure off
Check that you have batteries
Stock up on ice
Set the table for Christmas day
If you’re travelling, check the weather
Make sure tape, scissors and wrapping paper are all to hand
Make pimped-out hot chocolate
Go see the lights around town
Watch your family holiday movie
Have a toast to all your hard work and enjoy the holidays!