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What can i do on Xmas Eve to prep for Xmas Day - slight panic setting in?!

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OhCobblers Tue 21-Dec-10 20:11:37

i'm always a mess on the day trying to do so much even though in the approaching days i felt organised and calm.

So what can be done in advance to help make the day go smoothly and me not having a melt down in the kitchen by noon??

lunch will be turkey and all the trimmings.

turkey will be stuffed in advance and all veg peeled and soaking in ice cold water by Xmas Eve evening. Table will be laid. Presents all wrapped and under tree (once DC in bed). Relevant booze in the fridge. Relevant breakfast stuff out of the freezer.
Dinner service ouf of boxes and on the side.

What else can i do?? TIA grin

SantasNutellaFairy Tue 21-Dec-10 20:16:40

Get up early!wink

Try and write a timetable, get a timer and use it!

Have plenty of alcohol and nibbles for the aftermath.

worm77daisy Tue 21-Dec-10 20:17:40

You seem very under control to me the only extra things I might add would be:

Measure out and out in bowls all other ingredients you will need on day? Get out all utensils you will need...

Wrap sausages in bacon and put ready on baking tray

If having mulled wine setup the stuff all ready to pour in and heat?

Make braised red cabbage and then reheat on the day?

shinyshoesandglitterypoos Tue 21-Dec-10 20:19:04

Ah I have avoided all this stress by being under two feet of snow. No-one can get here nah nah nah nah nah ner! wink

I fully intend to eat toast for christmas dinner.

mummyshreddingnora Tue 21-Dec-10 20:20:22

yep anything like braised red cabbage / swede & carrot mash can be made the day before (cabbage a couple of days before is best) and reheated,

I tend to write a timetable (working backwards from serving time so I don't miss stuff) and then I literally have that in the kitchen and set the timer for the 'next time' something needs to be done

last year only spent the last 40 - 60 mins in the kitchen the rest was just run in, bung x in the oven etc

nbee84 Tue 21-Dec-10 20:20:42

I always find it handy to have a box or bin liner to put present rubbish into as it's created. I usually have a small bag to hand to put non recyclable rubbish into.

OhCobblers Tue 21-Dec-10 20:35:11

MSN : didn't think about making the swede in advance but thats a good plan - do you just microwave it to re-heat?

now, is it worth parboiling the potatoes the day before - possibly the parsnips and carrots too?

sausages wrapped in bacon bought ready done from the supermarket so only need to take those out of the freezer - i did cheat a bit there!

thanks for your tips - keep 'em coming!

Millie1 Tue 21-Dec-10 20:44:39

You seem really well organised. The only other things I do (and these might not be on your menu!) are bread sauce, brandy butter, whip cream, wash lettuce for starters if I need it - like everyone else, I write a timetable too!

OhCobblers Tue 21-Dec-10 20:50:52

thanks - hopefully all will come together!
good thinking about bread sauce and brandy butter - will be needing those!

now if some of you lovely ladies would have a look at my Brussel Sprouts thread too, here that would be much appreciated!

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