Your Christmas Calendar for a stress-free festive season

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    We want to make your December as easy as possible, with a month’s worth of holiday recipes and tips. Follow this festive guide for a stress-free Christmas!

    1st December

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    Order your meat from your butcher or buy a frozen turkey. If you are planning on buying a large turkey, don’t forget to check that it will fit in your oven and that you have a big enough roasting tin! Try this roast turkey with lemon, herbs and garlic recipe for a flavourful Christmas dinner.

    2nd December

    Pear_Cardamon_Cake_Easy Food

    Start off the month on a sweet note with this homemade cardamom and pear cake to share with guests.

    3rd December

    Pumpkin_dhal-Easy Food

    This spicy pumpkin dahl is the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter night — not to mention it’s suitable for vegans and full of goodness!

    4th December

    Buy all the drinks you plan to serve at Christmas now — they won’t go off and you have a better chance of getting everything you want when you shop early. Here’s some of our best advice for those serving drinks at their Christmas parties.

    5th December

    Write your Christmas letters and have the kids get their lists ready for Santa!

    6th December

    Purchase non-perishable foods, such as prepared cranberry sauce, nuts, cooking oils, frozen food and tinned goods for the Christmas feast. If you feel like something different this year, make your own herb oil with this simple recipe!

    7th December

    Liqueurs-Easy FoodChristmas is a time of giving and sharing, and for some of us that means drinks. Homemade liqueurs can make the perfect gift this festive season and are a really special way to show your appreciation of someone.

    8th December

    Today is a great day to put up your Christmas decorations. Put on some festive tunes, get the family together and decorate to your hearts content. Making your own ornaments is a fantastic way to get in the holiday spirit — so why not give these peppermint ornaments a go.

    9th December

    Set aside some time today to wrap gifts, and don’t forget to label them!

    10th December

    Ginger-pudding-Easy FoodPut on the kettle and curl up with these sticky ginger puddings with salted caramel sauce — yum!

    11th December

    hot chocolate Easy FoodIndulge in a luxurious hot chocolate, with all the trimmings. This is a real treat the kids will love!

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    Stock up on any needed kitchen supplies, such as dish soap, tea towels, extra serving dishes or cooking utensils.

    13th December

    Curried_veg_chickpea_stew Easy FoodUse up some cupboard staples in this curried vegetable and chickpea stew. Hearty veggie-filled comfort food, packed with goodness.

    14th December

    Gingerbread_cookies-Easy FoodMake these gingerbread cookies with the kids and have fun decorating cute, festive designs. This classic Christmas cookie recipe also happens to be gluten-free!

    15th December

    You can make mince pies ahead of time and freeze them once they’re assembled and bake them from frozen on Christmas day.

    16th December

    Curried_lentil_pasties- Easy FoodThese curried lentil pasties are a great dinner on the go, for when you’re busy running around doing your last minute Christmas present shopping.

    17th December

    Crunchy_truffles-Easy FoodHave the kids help make these crunchy chocolate peanut butter truffles to send to loved ones. Sweet and nutty and crunchy and smooth – what more could you want in a treat?

    18th December

    Today is the last day to post letters and parcels to Great Britain and Europe, if you want them to arrive in time for Christmas.

    19th December

    Turkey-stuffing-and-cranberry-crackers-Easy FoodThese turkey, stuffing and cranberry crackers are almost too pretty to eat… almost. They are the ideal canapés for a festive party or dinner.

    20th December

    This is the last day to post letters and parcels to the Republic of Ireland.

    21st December

    Fish_pie-Easy FoodA quick cheesy fish pie is a great way to get your fill of fish before it’s turkey time! This easy,cheesy and gluten-free fish pie is the perfect recipe for the occasion.

    22nd December

    Clear out the fridge and cupboards to make room for new foods and plenty of delicious leftovers! While you’re at it, you might as well check out our handy guide explaining which foods you’re supposed to keep in the fridge and which are for the cupboard.

    23rd December

    Take the time today to decorate your christmas cake. Here’s 3 particularly adorable cake decorations to make

    24th December

    Put a fun twist on your classic Yule log to get you in the festive spirit this year. This salted caramel chocolate roulade is a must try!

    25th December

    It’s time to celebrate! Enjoy the day with the good food, great company and glad tidings. Kick Christmas off with a seasonal twist on the classic brunch cocktail, with these cranberry mimosas.

    26th December

    Enjoy the leftovers in this ultimate leftover Christmas sambo on St. Stephen’s Day

    27th December

    Sometimes you just need something simple, like this baked egg and chips. You’ll love this quick and easy one-tray supper!

    28th December

    Use up leftover cranberries and turkey by baking them in this delicious pastry plait.

    29th December

    Turn any leftover chocolates and biscuits you may have into something special, with this spectacularly festive chocolate biscuit pudding cake.

    30th December

    Try to give your body a rest from all the delicious festive food and eat something a little bit more nutritional, like this low-fat, low-carb Teriyaki salmon. This Japanese dish is so tasty you’ll be making it every week

    31st December

    Get in the festive spirit with these delicious spirit-filled cocktails. Oh, and Happy New Year!