How to make your Christmas a Cracker

You’re probably well aware that Christmas is fast approaching. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” can be anything but. To make sure you do have a holly jolly Christmas, we’ve put together an early Christmas present for you in the weeks running up to the big day: a much-needed Yuletide Survival Guide.


Without question, the best part of Christmas is stuffing your face and drinking a little bit too much, so it’s definitely time to start thinking about your Christmas food and drink.

But how can you avoid soggy sprouts, overcooked turkey, and, worst of all, an empty bar?

The key is preparation: cooking Christmas dinner is all about the timing. The best chefs don’t just rush in and start cooking willy-nilly. They have a plan of action. Everything is planned in advance to the smallest detail. If you’ve got the time to do some prep the day before, do it. I know you probably don’t want to be peeling potatoes on Christmas Eve, but would you rather be doing it on Christmas Day? I thought not, that’s the time you could be playing with all your new toys.

Always make more food than you think is necessary. It’s fine, if not completely essential┬áto have lots of leftovers from the big eat. Just think, all the way up to New Year’s Eve you could be feasting on: turkey sandwiches, turkey curry, turkey casserole, turkey burgers, turkey smoothies, and so on…

In terms of drinks, to be on the safe side I would recommend getting in: a few crates of beer, selection of wines, couple of bottles of fizz, a bottle of baileys, whiskey, vodka, dark rum, white rum, gin, amaretto, brandy, drambuie, advocaat, and tequila (all of which you will be drinking responsibly of course)

Go on, eat, drink, and be merry!

Read our full Christmas guide:

Part 1: Christmas Shopping

Part 2: Decorations