5 ways to survive hosting Christmas

You've either drawn the short straw or like the pressure, but whatever the reason, make this Christmas better by taking stress off the menu.

You’ve either drawn the short straw or like the pressure, but whatever the reason, make this Christmas better by taking stress off the menu.

5. Choose dishes that are better on day two

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You want to enjoy Christmas Day too, so consider inviting your besties over to celebrate Christmas Eve and whip up a dish or two in between wines.

4. Go for platters

Maple Ham Turkey Dinner

Forget about serving up individual plates, that’s far too time consuming. Let your guests serve themselves – heck even let the kids loose, it’s only one day.

3. Carefully consider your condiments

Chilli pepper apple jam with herbs. Top view.

Pickles, chutneys, mustards and relishes will have your guests oohing and aahing. And it means guests can personalise their meals to their tastes, instead of it being your responsibility.

2. Don’t be a hero!

Ask for help. You’ll make your guests more uncomfortable if you don’t let them bring something, so when they ask – say yes!

1. Relax

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This isn’t Masterchef, Christmas is about family and friends. If you find yourself surrounded by a table of judges, hand over the reins, or switch out your audience.

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