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Share with AO.com how you get your kitchen prepared for Christmas! £300 voucher to be won! NOW CLOSED

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EllieMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 19-Oct-17 11:02:10

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).

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PinPon Thu 19-Oct-17 12:35:57

I clean it smile

Mummypower92 Thu 19-Oct-17 12:37:12

We literally eat everything in the freezer to make room for the Christmas food. So if that means eating party sausages for dinner, we do it!

I love decorating every room at Christmas to make it feel a bit special! For Christmas I put some mistletoe above the kitchen door and fairy lights by the window above the sink! X

FridgeCut Thu 19-Oct-17 12:39:13

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.

PoppyPopcorn Thu 19-Oct-17 12:39:53

Defrost the freezer. Make sure the oven is cleaned out. Maybe, if I'm feeling very virtuous, clean the fridge.

CMOTDibbler Thu 19-Oct-17 13:06:18

I try and use up stuff in the freezer so that I can buy frozen stuff for Christmas in advance. I also find new hiding places for the mini stollens smile

starlight36 Thu 19-Oct-17 13:09:51

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!

georgedawes Thu 19-Oct-17 13:14:04

We definitely try to eat up food in the freezer to make space for Christmas food. We also try and tidy/clean up a bit, because it's a bit of a mess normally!! No decorations really though.

RatOnnaStick Thu 19-Oct-17 13:17:01

What PinPon said.

RatOnnaStick Thu 19-Oct-17 13:17:44

Oh, actually, we are putting the christmas tree in there this year so maybe it will look a little bit festive after all.

Ferryfairy Thu 19-Oct-17 13:18:34

I clean the oven! Declutter the surfaces. Have a fridge magnet Nativity and festive towels. Red washing up liquid! Carols on the iPod

gd2011 Thu 19-Oct-17 13:18:53

No decorations - I'd be worried they would catch fire when I flambe the Xmas pudding.

DinosaurSex Thu 19-Oct-17 13:20:07

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!

TracyKNixon Thu 19-Oct-17 13:23:30

We have festive cake tins, dinnerware, a tablecloth, oven gloves etc! I also have a Christmassy apron, which I wear for baking in and I always buy a poisetta for the kitchen windowsill!

vonniebab2 Thu 19-Oct-17 13:25:24

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!

holey Thu 19-Oct-17 13:27:31

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.

SSCRASE123 Thu 19-Oct-17 13:27:48

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.

TorNayDoh Thu 19-Oct-17 13:28:00

Glittery christmas moose head goes on the wall, kids make paper snowflakes for the windows. None of this tasteful and understated stuff here.

mrsdeedow Thu 19-Oct-17 13:29:43

we start emptying out the freezer at the end of October, having lucky dip dinners cooker multiple types of items

Ganne1 Thu 19-Oct-17 13:29:55

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!

Falconhoof1 Thu 19-Oct-17 13:38:24

I don't decorate the kitchen as it's cluttered enough! But I do use up food in freezer in the weeks before to make room.

ThemisA Thu 19-Oct-17 13:42:49

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)

kamaxtra Thu 19-Oct-17 13:49:03

I literally do nothing...because we always go away for xmas!

mo3733 Thu 19-Oct-17 13:49:21

i make the kitchen as magical as the rest of the house absolutely dotted out with fair lights so its like a magical cave

footdust Thu 19-Oct-17 13:51:13

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.

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