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 discount thread in Talk.

The Mumsnet Advent calendar

advent calendar

Keep your sanity and good humour in the run up to Christmas with our very own Advent calendar. Check back every day to see what's new, from seasonal tips to amazing competitions. 

Christmas food and recipes

smas pudding

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

Christmas gift guides

teen presents

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.

The best books for Christmas

books for christmas presents

Want a thoughtful, lasting present for friends or family? We've picked the best fiction and non-fiction titles to give as gifts this year.

Christmas party style & beauty

Lisa Eldridge make-up

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.

How poncetastic is your Christmas?

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?

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 on a budget

Christmas baubles

Feeling squeezed in the buildup to the festive season? Take a look at Mumsnetters' finely honed tips on getting through Christmas without breaking the bank. 

Christmas crafts

xmas decs

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

Child in Nativity play giggling

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.

Mumsnet Secret Santa

secret santa

Mumsnet's Secret Santa is an annual tradition of life-affirming generosity, guaranteeing Christmas cheer all round. Find out how it all came about and how to take part.

Christmas relationship advice

Broken Christmas bauble

Festive family gathering giving you gritted teeth? Browse some of our relationship advice for easing Christmas stresses and keep your household from going a bit crackers. 

Last updated: 17-Dec-2014 at 11:49 AM