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Family Christmas

We're in the final straight. If you've been in 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.

Funniest letters to Santa

Christmas party dresses – the edit

Family-friendly New Year's Eve party tips


Must-have gifts

Top toys

Looking for stocking fillers, must-have toys or gifts for your other-half? We have presents wrapped up with our handy gift guides.

Books to buy this Christmas

Give the gift of reading this Christmas with these fantastic books for MILs, uncles, teens and toddlers. Find out what's hot this year.

Christmas decorations

Old-fashioned Dickensian or modern and cool – Mumsnetters share their Christmas decoration colour schemes.

The Mumsnet Christmas Appeal

In place of our usual Secret Santa this year Mumsnet will be matchfunding your donations to two very worthy causes – Refuge and Women's Aid.

Prepare for faff-free festivities


It's never too early to prepare for the big day. Plan now, prep in advance, then put your feet up and enjoy a stress-free Christmas.

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.

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.

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.

Christmas ads: watch 'em here

watching coca cola ad

Christmas ads hitting our screens marks the start of the festive season for many. We round up this year's offerings.

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…

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…

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.

Homemade Christmas gifts

Yes, you can make flavoured vodka in your dishwasher. See Mumsnetters' inventive recipes for homemade liqueurs and other festive edibles to give as presents.

Christmas recipes

Looking to up the ante on this year's Christmas lunch? See our recipes for something completely different or simple twists on traditional recipes.

Christmas parties

Are you a social butterfly or do you prefer to hole-up hygge-style? The pros and cons of the party season detailed

Christmas Eve

Getting the kids to sleep on Christmas Eve is one helluva festive challenge. Start with our guides to pyjamas and onesies and follow through with Mumsnetters' cunning tactics.

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.

Christmas activities

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