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Your 30 day Christmas checklist

With Christmas only 30 days away, it's time to start the countdown. Here are 20 things to get done to get you organised. It's time to start ticking off that checklist!

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1. Get the tree up if you haven't already done so. Not sure where to start? We show you how to decorate a Christmas tree.

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2. Decorate your front entrance to welcome visitors and to get your own family excited for the festive season. 

3. Work your way through the inside of the house, decking the halls with lights. Also, if you have a guest room, it's time to start preparing it for any overnight visitors. Check out our ultimate checklists to get your home Christmas ready

4. Finalise the guest lists for your various Christmas events. 

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5. Decide on the menu for the main day and work out who's bringing what (because let's face it, sharing the load will make it easier on everyone). Don't let the ham steal the show, here are 40 Christmas sides that'll outshine the mains

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6. Start brainstorming Elf on the Shelf ideas. Surely, there needs to be an Elf on the Shelf in Quarantine this year.   

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7. Order the turkey or ham if you're buying it from a specialist butcher. Here's some inspiration for Christmas turkey recipes and Christmas ham glazes, plus this marmalade and mustard baked ham recipe by Matthew Evans. 

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8. Agree on the gift policy, whether it's putting a cap on spend or doing Secret Santa. If you need to buy gifts for the whole family, our gift shop has something for everyone, including gifts for your pets!

9. Post Christmas cards and any presents for out-of-town family and friends. 

10. If your kids are still into it, take them to have their photos with Santa done. 

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11. Organise your pantry, throwing out any expired foods and stale biscuits, and stocking up on cooking and baking essentials such as oils, flours and sugar. 

12. Get ready for summer entertaining and clean the BBQ

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13. Buy gift tags and wrapping paper, and wrap gifts as you buy them. Looking for alternative ways to wrap presents? Here are 5 ways to wrap presents without wrapping paper.

14. Buy batteries. They can never be too many AAAs in your drawer.

15. Clean the insides and outsides of your windows and wipe or wash any window treatments. 

16. Expecting an army of kids this Christmas? Kit out the garden with some outdoor toys and games to keep them entertained. Giant Jenga or Dominoes, anyone?

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17. Stock up on wine, spirits and mixers. Looking for some cocktail inspiration? Find some classic cocktail recipes to try this party season. 

18. Compile your Christmas playlists and make sure to include Wham! Entertaining outside? Don't forget the portable speakers.

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19. Work out how you'll decorate the table this year, including special touches like name cards, napkin rings and fresh flowers. Not sure where to start? Here's how to create a coastal Christmas table

20. Start breaking down your fresh food shopping list and work out how to tackle it over several trips in the lead up to Christmas, not forgetting any extra essentials like milk and bread to freeze. 

And, don't forget to pour yourself a well-earned drink in between the mayhem!

Tile image via Frugal Coupon Living

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