How to prepare for hosting your first Christmas

Posted: Thursday December 7, 2017

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When you’ve just moved into your first home, the temptation to host Christmas Day is often too difficult to resist. Your family may have made it look easy over the years, but a smooth and successful Christmas Day takes significant preparation if it is going to be enjoyable for everyone. We want to help all first timers have a fantastic time hosting in their new home, so read on for our top tips for hosting Christmas Day in your first home.

 

Don’t take on too much.

It’s very tempting to take responsibility for everything when you are hosting Christmas Day for the first time. But you don’t need to! If people offer to help you by organising the games, by prepping the pudding or the vegetables then let them! If people aren’t very forthcoming offering their assistance, give out a few small responsibilities and get everyone involved in the day.

 

Clear out your fridge.

One of the biggest issues people face at Christmas is not having enough room to put everything. If you clear out your fridge in advance you can take out those things like ketchup, jams, chutneys, onions, tomatoes and so on that don’t need to be kept in the fridge at all. 

 

Keep things cool outside.

Use the cold weather to your advantage. If you have a secure outdoor space in your garden or a garage, you can store any alcohol or soft drinks there to keep space in the fridge for all of your food that must be refrigerated.

 

Deck the halls with boughs of holly!

Create a true festive spirit by decorating your new home. You don’t have to spend a fortune – check out our blog post on how to decorate your home for Christmas on a budget.

 

Make a food timings schedule.

It might sound like overkill, but cooking Christmas dinner is all about timings. Figure out how long everything takes to cook and then create a schedule for when everything needs to go in the oven or put on the hob. This will keep stress at a minimum and also means that people can help you if necessary. 

 

Organise a fun activity.

Christmas is all about spending quality time together. It can be tempting to flop in front of the TV after you’ve eaten but it is so much more fun when you continue the frivolities with a game. A board game is always good fun, or you can play games like charades, Pictionary or Heads Up.

 

Remember what Christmas is all about.

The true meaning of Christmas is to spend quality time with your family and/or friends. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have the perfect Christmas table decorations, or buy expensive presents for everyone. It’s also important not to get too stressed about the minor details. Everyone will have much more fun if you’re relaxed and happy, and you should be enjoying yourself too.