Family Christmas - food, customs, survival tips, gift ideas

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 bargain thread in Talk.

Tackling the Christmas turkey

Christmas turkey tips

What size to buy? Whole, crown or breast? Brining or basting? Thankfully the answers to these and any other turkey-related question you have has been tackled by MNers (and some top chefs).

Watch now: Christmas hacks

Make your own Christmas wreath and simple festive treats with our how-to videos as your guide – or get some tips from top chefs on prepping Christmas dinner.

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.

Take the Mumsnet Xmas Quiz

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?

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 party style & beauty

xmas party dresses

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.

Christmas food and recipes

christmas canapes recipes

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

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…

Christmas crafts

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.

Christmas: money and relationships

christmas stress

Christmas can be a stressful period – whether you're worrying about money or trying to keep the peace at home. Check out our advice on seasonal scrimping and relationship issues.

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…

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.

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.

Christmas gift guides


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.