The five week countdown to Christmas Day is on

It’s five weeks until Santa arrives and at Family Life HQ the panic has set in.

If, like us, you haven’t bought any gifts, sorted the decorations or planned the family meal: we’ve got you covered. The idea of Christmas Day coming in just over a month is enough to make us go from bells on to bah humbug with fear, but breaking the festivities down can make things more manageable.

Five weeks ’til Christmas

The countdown is officially on, but don’t worry, we can still save Christmas. This is the perfect week to buy presents.

There is still enough time to be thoughtful with your gifts instead of picking up the last bath set in Boots for your mother-in-law on Christmas Eve.

This week also brings us the biggest gift of the festive season – Black Friday.

The majority of high street stores have the biggest sale of the year this Friday, the perfect opportunity to finish your Christmas gift shopping.

If elbowing your way through a shopping centre isn’t for you head online. Black Friday sales have already started but are due to finish soon so get in quick.

Four weeks ’til Christmas

It’s one month until Christmas Day is here and your last chance to guarantee any online shopping will arrive on time for the big day. Make sure any online gift shopping is finished this week to avoid disappointment.

It is mere days until December and that means it’s almost time to get the Christmas tree out and decorate the house.

If you need a new synthetic tree, or want a real one, this week is prime tree buying time. Make sure you shop around to get the best deal, but buy your tree before December hits or you could find empty spaces in stores.

Three weeks ’til Christmas

Get ahead of the neighbourhood festive frenzy and deliver your Christmas cards early. One more thing ticked off the to-do list.

If you are hosting Christmas dinner this year take stock of what plates, glasses and cutlery you have (or don’t have).

There’s nothing worse than realising you only have half of what you need the day before and calling around the family to bring spares –trust us, we’ve been there.

Finalise your Christmas menu this week so that you’re ready to speed around the supermarket with a precise shopping list when the time comes.

Two weeks ’til Christmas

This week all of those presents you ordered in advance should have arrived so it’s time to get wrapping. Make sure you label presents as you go to avoid having to unwrap each one to see who it’s for.

Top wrapping tip: adding ribbon and some sparkle to your presents takes no time and will make it look like you put double the effort in.

It’s also time for the first round of the dreaded Christmas food shopping. Head to your local supermarket and pick up any non-perishable food and drink for the big day. Look on supermarket websites to find the best deals before you head out and always take a list.

Keep your eyes peeled for our 12 days ’til Christmas post with a more in-depth look at what you need to do in the lead up to the big day.

One week ’til Christmas

It’s one week until Christmas Day, but the worst is over. If you’ve been following our five week plan the presents are wrapped, the tree is up and a chunk of the festive food shop is done.

Make your final shopping list and head out to buy any fresh food you need for the Christmas Day meal. Once you are home start prepping what you can.

Cook the pigs in blankets, stuffing and any desserts you can early on in the week.

Get the house ready for guests coming and leave out towels, toiletries and anything else they’ll need before they arrive.

Most importantly take time to relax with the family. No one ever said taking some down-time to bake cookies with the kids was a crime.

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