Family Christmas

Is it that time of the year already? If you've been on 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


Exclusive deals for Black Friday

Your one-stop shop for all the best Black Friday deals, starting 27 November – plus other pre-Christmas bargains and money saving tips.

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.

Advent calendars for everyone

Why restrict the gift-giving to one day? We've put together a list of the best advent calendars around to keep you in the festive mood right through December.

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.

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.

Christmas activities

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

Must-have gifts for teens

Top toys

They're notoriously difficult to buy for, but we've got teen presents wrapped up in our handy gift guide.

Best new books for Christmas


A good read has to be the closest thing to a perfect Christmas present. Browse through the best books to give (or receive!) this festive season – whatever your literary tastes.

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.

Prepare for faff-free festivities


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.

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…

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.

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…

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. 

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.

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.