Be prepared: tips and tricks for a stress-free Christmas dinner

christmas dinner preparations

Christmas dinner preparation: Looking for a way to avoid the usual Christmas Day stress? Mumsnetters' tips and tricks on everything from brining the turkey to make-ahead dishes should see you safely through.

Advent calendar: take a peek

christmas muffins recipe

If your Christmas spirit is wilting ever so slightly, boost it with a daily peek at our Advent calendar with festive tips, tricks and amazing competitions behind each door.

Festive feasts and Christmas treats

Food: Whether you're prepping for the big day, or looking for some festive treats to get you in the mood, we've got all the recipes and tips you need - from party nibbles and edible gifts to seasonal tipples.


Six ways to avoid family ski holiday hell

ski girl

Planning a family ski holiday? Things are a little different with kids in tow - so find out how to swerve a ski holiday disaster with our tips from ski-seasoned Mumsnetters. 

Navigating Christmas when your child is deaf and blind

Guest post: So much of the run-up to Christmas is about sensory delight - but what if your child cannot see or hear? Blogger Jane Ring describes how they've adapted festivities for their deafblind daughter, Chloe.



Why did Facebook remove our breastfeeding pic?

A picture of a a breastfeeding baby was removed from Mumsnet's Facebook page for breaking their Community Standards - read Facebook's explanation.

Nicky Morgan: 'The quality of teaching is critical'

Nicky Morgan

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan answered your questions on all things education, from SEN provision to faith schools and her plan to tackle teachers' workloads.


'Pro-life protesters have no idea of the harm they cause'

Guest post: Following the sentencing of Bernadette Smyth, Dawn Purvis - the Director of Marie Stopes Northern Ireland, whom Smyth harassed - says it's essential that women can access abortions without fear. 

Review of the Month competition: win a hotel break

Hotel in snow

Fancy a luxurious overnight stay for two to start the new year? At the Jesmond Dene House Hotel, you'll get bed and breakfast, plus a glass of champagne. To enter, simply write a review. What are you waiting for?


Netflix: Watch with Mumsnet

Netflix

There's nothing like cosying up on the sofa for a good movie night. Here's Mumsnet blogger Anna (and three-year-old Rafik) on what they'll be watching with Netflix over the holiday season. 

The magic of light this Christmas

SolarAid

SolarAid: Imagine you had no electricity to light your home at night. No playtime or study time for your kids. No way to cook, to work, to live. Yet the magic of just one solar light can change everything.


Washing machines - which ones do MNers rate?

Washing machine

The sales are coming! For the best chance of picking up a bargain, do your research: read Mumsnetters' tips when buying household appliances like washing machines - and share your own by adding a review.

Book giveaway: The Bookstore

The Bookstore

We've got 100 copies of The Bookstore to give away this week. When Esme discovers she's pregnant whilst studying in Manhattan, she starts work at a small bookstore to make ends meet.



Competitions - brilliant family prizes

December's prizes include a cookery course worth up to £500, £100 worth of supermarket vouchers, a family ski holiday, a Christmas hamper, £500 of Love2Shop vouchers and loads more.

Baby names: your one-stop shop

Baby

Baby name finder: Still racking your brains for the perfect moniker? Consult our baby name finder for information, inspiration, and a before-it's-too-late objective view.


Potty training your toddler

Get advice on helping your toddler make the transition from nappies to pants, without too many accidents. From how to know when your child is ready to getting through nights - with minimal stress.

Getting pregnant - advice and tips

Ovulation

Chart your fertile dates with our ovulation calendar, try the tips on our advice pages, and talk to others in the same boat on our conception boards.