Christmas dinner requires a lot of work and preparation. If you’re hosting Christmas dinner this year, there are somethings you can do beforehand. Prepping beforehand can help relieve stress on the actual holiday. Check out these 10 things to do ahead for Christmas dinner.
Things To Do Ahead For Christmas Dinner
Decorate the table the night before
Getting the table ready the night before can help alleviate some of your holiday cooking stress. However, if you have little ones at home, this probably isn’t the best idea. If you do this, make sure to keep the glass put up until last minute.
Make some of the side dishes beforehand
Below I will share some tips of making side dishes beforehand. Cooking ahead of time is always something you can do before any big holiday.
Cut up the potatoes
and refrigerate them until they’re ready to be cooked the next day. Place them in a container with water so they don’t get brown.
Get the seasonings ready for the meat
Whether you’re making turkey or ham, you can get the seasonings ready now.
Pre-make the stuffing
Since bread items freeze well, making the stuffing a few days before and freezing it will help save you some time on Christmas dinner prep.
Another item you can prep up to days beforehand would be the pie. Most pies can be frozen before they’re cooked. Simply put it in the freezer until the day of and then bake it as you normally would.
If you’re like most American families, you probably have some sort of veggie tray out to help combat all of the “not so good for you food.” You can easily pre-cut veggies 24 hours before you plan on serving dinner. They’ll stay nice and crunchy as long as you don’t prep them too far ahead. Place them in a container with water to help them stay fresh.
If you make your rolls from scratch, you can do this the morning of the dinner. If you have time earlier in the week, you can also freeze a batch of rolls.
Vacuum and dust ahead of time
Since most of your time will be spent prepping the food beforehand, make sure you vacuum and dust ahead of time. You also don’t want to do this last for risk of getting dust or dirt on the freshly prepped dinner.
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If you plan on serving a homemade drink like punch, you can also make this beforehand. The beauty behind punch is that everything is mixed together, creating a delicious drink, so you can’t go wrong making this ahead of time. I made a delicious Crockpot Cranberry Apple Sweet Tea Cider Recipe. The beauty of it is that you make it in the crock pot, so you can start it early in the morning.
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Prepping for your Christmas dinner just got a lot easier thanks to these tips. Do you have any tips of your own to add?
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