5 Tips to Help Make Your Christmas Lunch or Dinner Less Stressful

For many people, hosting Christmas lunch or dinner is one of the most stressful things that they will do all year. All of the shopping, decorating, planning, and, eventually, purchasing all of the food and cooking can be a harrowing process. But, there is hope. If you are looking for some tips to help make preparing that Christmas lunch or dinner a great deal less stressful than it has to be, consider some of the following:

  1. First and foremost, the road to having a less stressful lunch or dinner all begins with whether or not you have help. If you do, you can make everything much easier if you can delegate some cooking tasks.
  2. Because you are cooking and hosting the dinner, whether or not you want to have a sit-down dinner or buffet is entirely up to you. In fact, having a buffet might make it easier because you can also have guests bring some sides.
  3. Before you go food shopping, it is wise to have a list of everything you will be making, as well as ingredients. This way, you will know exactly where to navigate to in the grocery store, and what to grab off the shelves.
  4. If you are cooking multiple dishes, it is a great idea to have a cooking “timetable.” For example, 12:00 PM – start peeling potatoes, 1:00 PM – put the turkey in the oven.
  5. We all know that grocery stores can get extremely busy those couple weekends before Christmas. So, if your local grocery store allows it, consider buying all the food online and having it delivered to your home.

There is no denying that stress is common for a lot of people to experience during the holiday season. However, if you are willing to plan ahead and not take it upon yourself to do everything (especially if you have help) things will be much easier!