Family Christmas

Is it that time of the year already? If you've been in countdown-to-Christmas mode since the kids went back to school, here's where you'll find everything you need to be (uber) prepared for the festive season.

Latest: Christmas bargain thread

Our 2015 Advent calendar

 


Christmas Eve

Getting the kids to sleep on Christmas Eve is one helluva festive challenge. Start with our guides to pyjamas and onesies and follow through with Mumsnetters' cunning tactics.

Christmas telly highlights

'Tis the season to kick back and relax with a glass of wine and a selection box – here's our pick of what to watch and when this holiday season.



The Mumsnet Advent calendar 2015

Work your way up to the big day itself with our Advent calendar. There'll be something helpful, funny or inspiring behind every door for the 24 days in the run up to Christmas.

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 decorations

Old-fashioned Dickensian or modern and cool – Mumsnetters share their Christmas decoration colour schemes.

Prepare for faff-free festivities

turkey

As the scouts Mumsnetters say: be prepared. Honestly, it's never too early. Plan now, prep in advance, then put your feet up and enjoy a stress-free Christmas season.



Annuals 2016: Your pick of the best

santa

Get all the best bits from your favourite TV shows, books and magazines in one fabulous hardback – the perfect stocking filler for Star Wars fanatics, Peppa Pig obsessives or Private Eye hoarders.

Christmas shows near you

panto dame

Things to do: Get ready to slap your thigh and yell HE'S BEHIND YOU! – panto season is in full swing. Find out which festive shows in your local area are essential family viewing



Hosting tips and tricks

thanksgiving recipes

Guarantee you'll be the host with the most this Christmas with our advice on entertaining guests, party planning, decorations and more.

Christmas gifts for you

Barely had a minute to think about what you want for Christmas? Don't worry – we've done the legwork for you.



Must-have gifts

Top toys

Looking for stocking fillers or gifts for kids and teenagers? We've got presents wrapped up in our handy gift guide.

Christmas on a budget

Christmas budget

A brilliant Christmas doesn't have to cost the earth – here are our tips to keep costs down and avoid money stress.



DIY Christmas decorations

Whether you're doing it to save money or just love crafting, try your hand at some of our lovely homemade Christmas deccies.

Christmas ads: watch 'em here

watching coca cola ad

Christmas ads hitting our screens marks the start of the festive season for many. We found out some of Mumsnetters' faves from Christmas past – and round up this year's offerings.



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…

Christmas activities

Trying to keep children entertained over the holidays? Set them up with one of our clever craft activities.



Festive films

If Christmas hasn't started properly before you've watched Elf or blubbed over It's a wonderful life, then grab a bowl of popcorn and enjoy our guide to the best films of Christmas.

Homemade Christmas gifts

Yes, you can make flavoured vodka in your dishwasher. See Mumsnetters' inventive recipes for homemade liqueurs and other festive edibles to give as presents.



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…

Families and relationships

christmas stress

Christmas can be a stressful period when you're trying to keep the peace at home. Check out our advice on relationship issues.