Christmas is just around the corner! How did that happen? Make sure you’re prepared for the big day with our handy list of Christmas preparation work.

  1. Book your pets into accommodation early if you are going away.
  2. Make sure you have your passports and all travel arrangements up to date.
  3. Start a savings account for extra food and drink costs or purchase a $20 gift card from the grocery store during your weekly shop to save for the Christmas season.
  4. De-clutter the guest room and make space for the extra gifts.
  5. Purchase your gift wrap, cards and or make your own.
  6. Get your kids thinking about what they want to give to those for Christmas (like their teachers) rather than just receive.
  7. Freeze some cooked meals for those extra crazy days in December when you don’t have the time to cook.
  8. Make a calendar of upcoming events – Christmas pageants, school functions, work parties – and organise a babysitter for the kid-free nights.
  9. Give all the indoor and outdoor furniture a good clean, especially if you are hosting a Christmas breakfast, lunch or dinner outside.
  10. Create a Christmas gift spreadsheet so you have an idea of what kind of budget you need to stick to.

What Christmas preparation does your family do?