Call this your Christmas day checklist, because you’ll need it to remember all of these little things to make sure your Christmas runs as smoothly as possible.
We all know what it feels like, waking up on the one day a year where every shop, pub and restaurant are closed and realising you forgot that one important thing.
So avoid that this year and remember to pick these things up.
This is particularly important if you have little kids, because many of their toys don’t come with batteries included.
Avoid any sad faces by having a stockpile of batteries of all shapes and sizes – or if you want to be really prepared, double check all of the toys that will be appearing under the Christmas tree and make sure you have enough of the right size of battery.
The dreaded realisation that you have no milk when you go to make a cuppa on Christmas morning…
Avoid this awful moment and make sure you are stocked up.
You have set your table, and it looks absolutely beautiful. However, you still need to give your dinner guests napkins, but you don’t want to be giving them sheets of kitchen roll. Get yourself some beautiful napkins, you won’t regret it.
You no doubt know how many guests are going to be coming to dinner, but do you have enough plates to get them through the courses? This is incredibly important, especially if you are not doing the washing between courses. Extend this thought to bowls, cups and cutlery.
While dinner is, of course, the main event of the day, Christmas is mainly about the food. So make sure you have enough snacks to keep everyone happy. We’re talking Tayto, Roses, Celebrations – the works!
You do not want to be in the position of a kind neighbour dropping around with a Christmas gift for you, and you have nothing to give them in return. So have a few boxes of biscuits or chocolates hanging around just in case.
Spare Christmas Cards
We don’t want to think of the amount of times we have realised last minute that we have accidentally left someone off the Christmas card list. Avoid this by having spare cards floating around the house to fill in and give at a moment’s notice.
Just trust us, you might need to wrap that aforementioned last minute gift to make it not look last minute, so this one definitely can’t hurt!
Keep the whole family entertained with some great board games. Go for old classics like Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly or Kerplunk, or if you are feeling particularly adventurous, why not play the most popular game of the year: Pie Face?
No Christmas party is complete without donning your Christmas jumper. You can get yourself some of the best ones for the whole family on Littlewoods Ireland.