Family Christmas

Mumsnet Christmas card

As Christmas rapidly approaches, here's how to ensure you have a fabulous and stress-free time this year.

Get ahead of the game by making your own gifts (such as the perennially popular dishwasher vodka) - and to make sure January and February aren't spent paying for December, make good use of our Christmas budget planner. Talking of budgets, don't forget to check out the latest Christmas bargain thread in Talk.

The Mumsnet Advent calendar

edible advent calendar

If all the preparation for Christmas is making your festive spirit wilt, boost it with the Mumsnet Advent calendar. Check back every day to see what's new, from seasonal tips to amazing competitions.

Christmas food and recipes

christmas canapes recipes

'Tis the season for Christmas cooking, so make the best of it with these most festive of recipes. 

Christmas party style & beauty

xmas party dresses

Desperately seeking the perfect party dress? We've got options to suit all styles and budgets - plus hair tutorials to top it all off. And follow Lisa Eldridge's step-by-step make-up guide for a flawless festive look without too much faff.

Christmas gift guides


Looking for the perfect pressie for a hard-to-buy-for teen? Or something small but perfectly formed for a Christmas stocking? We've done the legwork for you.

Watch now: Christmas hacks

Make your own Christmas wreath and simple festive treats with our how-to videos as your guide - or get some tips from top chefs on prepping Christmas dinner.

Take the Mumsnet Xmas Quiz

Take our quiz to find out what your festive preparations say about you. Are your decorations kitsch or chaotic? Are you on track for the kind of Christmas style magazines go mad for?

Tackling the Christmas turkey

Christmas turkey tips

What size to buy? Whole, crown or breast? Brining or basting? Thankfully the answers to these and any other turkey-related question you have has been tackled by Mumsnetters (and some top chefs).

What's on: festive events

Want to get in the holiday spirit? From Christmas markets and fairs to pantos and carols - and of course, the obligatory visits to Santa - find out what's on round your way.

Dishwasher vodka

Christmas vodka

Yes, you can make flavoured vodka in your dishwasher. See Mumsnetters' inventive recipes for homemade liqueurs. Nice to quaff at Christmas or to give as quality homemade presents.

Christmas: money and relationships

christmas stress

Christmas can be a very stressful period - whether you're worrying about money or trying to keep the peace at home. Check out our advice on seasonal scrimping and relationship issues over the holidays.

Christmas crafts

Bust out the glue, glitter and assorted craft accessories and get stuck in to some of these easy (and some more challenging) Christmas craft suggestions.

Nativity play disasters

nativity play politics

The annual nativity play is the stuff parenting memories are made of. Read on to enjoy Mumsnetters' accounts of the on-stage triumphs and tragedies, and the backstage drama...

Mumsnet's Christmas playlist

Wham cover

Bust out the mince pies, pour the bubbly and slip on your dancing shoes. We've compiled our ultimate Christmas playlist, and it's a cracker.

The Perfect Christmas

Christmas wreath on grey front door

Want to make the run-up to Christmas even more stressful by hand-crafting cards, making your own wreath and agonising over the theme for your Whimsical Homemade Tree? Step this way...

Top toys for Christmas 2014

kiddizoom watch

Lego? Skylanders? ANYTHING to do with Frozen? See which toys and gifts are topping the most-wanted lists this year, according to the UK's top toy retailers.

Winter car journeys

Surviving Christmas

Competing family obligations during Christmas can result in a lot of driving at a time when road conditions are at their worst. Find out how to be prepared for every eventuality.

Last updated: 19-Dec-2014 at 3:06 PM