Lifestyle | How to Host a Big Family Christmas

Christmas is, for many of us, the most important family event of the year. Whether we live hundreds of miles away from our loved ones or just around the corner, Christmas is the time when we put aside our busy lives and really dedicate ourselves to our families. Of course, for some of us this can be much more difficult to organise than it is for others. For those of us who have the joy of having a large family, Christmas can be both a wonderful and chaotic time, when we often feel rushed off our feet with the crowds of people surrounding us!

If you’re hosting a big family Christmas this year, it can be quite a daunting task to organise all those people. From cooking what seems like the world’s biggest turkey to entertaining a house full of people, it can sometimes appear to be an impossible task. But with just a few tweaks to your Christmas plan, you’ll be surprised at just how easy it can be to host a Christmas dinner for all the family.

Plan Ahead

Planning is one of the most effective things you can do to make Christmas dinner run smoothly, and when you have a big family to feed this is all the more important. If you’re one of those people who loves to make lists, you can use this skill to full effect by making lists of all the tasks that need to be done and all the food that needs to be cooked, in the order in which they need to be done. Of course, you won’t be doing all of these tasks yourself, so make sure you write down which ones you’ll be delegating to other members of the family.

If you really want to get organised, you can use a planning app to input all of your tasks, and set alarms to go off when you need to do them. This way you can be sure that you won’t forget a single thing, and you might even be able to relax a little bit. It’s important to do your planning a few days before the event, once you’ve got all of your food and presents. Leaving things to the last minute is likely to result in you forgetting something vital!

Stay Calm

It’s very easy to become stressed on Christmas Day, when there seem to be hundreds of people running around and thousands of things for you to do. However, the whole point of Christmas is to enjoy yourself and spend time with family, so make sure that you remind yourself of this whenever you start to feel overwhelmed. If you’ve planned ahead, you’ll know exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it, so there really is no need to panic.

In the run up to Christmas, it’s a good idea to undertake some stress management, so that you don’t become burnt out by all of the shopping and preparations. Taking some time out for yourself to relax might seem like a luxury in the busy world we live in, but it really is important to maintain your physical and mental health. Whether you take a walk, have a bath or take ten minutes to enjoy a meditation app, these little breaks will help you to feel calmer and enjoy your holidays all the more.

Prepare Your Home

If you have a big family coming round for Christmas, it can be difficult to know where to put them all! You might have just about enough chairs for everyone, but fitting them all in the same room can be a challenge. You can make it much easier simply by moving your furniture around and putting unnecessary items in a different room, or you could think about treating yourself to a bit of a home makeover.

Clever space solutions such as internal bifolding doors like these allow you to open up your home, making two smaller rooms into one large room with plenty of room for everyone. This can create a much more festive atmosphere, as the family isn’t split up into different rooms, and also allows you to take part in the fun while you are getting everything ready. However you decide to prepare for your big family Christmas, make sure you prioritise spending time with family, and remember to enjoy yourself. It only happens once a year, so try to relax, stay calm and appreciate the opportunity to see all of your loved ones in the same house.

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