Christmas can be a time to be with family, indulge in all your favourite foods, share gifts and have some well needed relaxation. However it can also be quite hectic, particularly within the kitchen all that food has to be stored and cooked somewhere! With that being said, AO want you to share how you get your kitchen ready for the Christmas period.
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Do you decorate your kitchen to give it a Christmassy feel? Perhaps you have an ‘eat up everything in the fridge’ dinner to clear some space for the Christmas food? Maybe you buy extra kitchen utensils to ensure you’re not short of anything on the big day?
Whatever you do to get your kitchen prepared for Christmas, post it on the thread below and every MNer who posts will be entered into a prize draw, where one lucky winner will randomly selected to receive a £300 voucher of their choice (from a list).
I put on a Christmas oil cloth table cloth for a start. I am currently decluttering each of my cupboards and buying stock cupboard things and baking ingredients ready for the big month. All the tops of the cupboards will be cleaned so that some beautiful fresh greenery can be artfully draped.
The oven has an annual professional clean so it is ready for the occasion! November is generally a month of eating through the cupboard and freezer stocks. Christmas oven gloves and tea towels come out for December!
We decorate the kitchen (table cloth, runner, placemats, small christmas tree, wall decorations) and I get every single gadget I own out ready for the epic Christmas Day feast (instant pot, slow cooker, steamer, actifrier, pie maker, etc) I only have a small oven so I make do with what I’ve got. We also bought the dishwasher originally because I couldn’t stand the thought of cleaning up Christmas dishes once again!
We try to run down the freezer ready for all the Christmas food, I also like to do a lot of baking in preparation for the festive period, ok I do go a bit overboard with Christmas decorations its only once a year so why not!
I don't really decorate the kitchen although there's usually something hanging in the doorway. I make sure the fridge and freezer are as empty as possible prior to buying the bulk of the food shopping and I have the usual assortment of Christmas glasses, plates, serving platters etc that come out at this time.
Definitely clear out the freezer in Oct/Nov to make way for Xmas goodies. As for decorating the kitchen, not really, probably a few little hanging decorations but not a lot. The Xmas food will be more than enough to make it Christmassy.
Christmas is so special that having the same roast every year is not what we do. We have something special and expensive, but different every year. And, as we don't have turkey, we don't need to do the shopping until the week before. If we find anything earlier, we have an old freezer in the garage to fill!
I always do a mad organise, clear out and clean before Christmas so that my kitchen is an easy and pleasant space to work in. The only decorating I do is to hang up a traditional (pictures only) advent calendar for me! The children have chocolate ones (even the grown up ones - I always send one wherever he is in the world)
The oven has it's annual professional clean so it is ready for the occasion! I have festive cake tins, dinnerware, a tablecloth, oven gloves and a Christmassy apron. And always a poinsettia for the windowsill.