How to have the BEST Christmas

Mikaela Ian

Christmas is tomorrow! I’m super excited and have been since Thanksgiving. It’s truly my favourite holiday by far. 

Even though Christmas is obviously the best, I’ve learned a few ways to make it even better and I’d like to pass them on to you. Earlier this week, I shared tips from my fave chefs for Christmas dinner. Today, I’m sharing my five tips to making sure you have the best Christmas day.

Start prepping TODAY – If you haven’t started prep for dinner, start today. First, head to the grocery store and grab everything you need. I like to write out everything I need for each dish and makemy list that way so I don’t miss anything (ie gruyere cheese x2, butter x2 lbs). Make all the dishes you can do ahead of time ie cranberry sauce, desserts, rolls (freeze and bake on Christmas), soup, sauces, brine the turkey, etc. When you start cooking on Christmas morning, you’ll have a massive head start on the day and be less stressed.

Stock up on drinks – We drink wine for Christmas in my house so I always make sure to buy at least six bottles and don’t forget the bubbly! Mimosas are great for Christmas morning or you can make a Christmas punch for the kids and top yours with champagne. Speaking of the kids, I always buy a few bottles of Welch’s sparkling wine for them. It’s fancy and they think they are drinking wine. Make sure you have coffee/tea to go with dessert and plenty of water to drink.

Start a new tradition – Family traditions are always a great idea over the holidays. My family always has variations of the same menu every single year with a few dishes being exactly the same as when I was a child. But it’s always nice to start a new tradition. This year, we are celebrating the holidays in NYC, which is a new tradition. Maybe you’ll do Chinese food for Christmas Eve or set up a hot cocoa bar with popcorn to watch Christmas movies. 

Make an awesome playlist – I live for Christmas carols. Growing up in a religious family means most of my faves are Christian songs, but I love a lil Mariah. It isn’t Christmas until I hear “All I Want For Christmas”! There are great playlists on YouTube or you can easily make your own. Make sure you choose a mix of traditional and new songs. And definitely add in some Michael Buble.

Be present – Put down your phone for one day and enjoy the company. And yes, I’m talking to myself. Whether family or friends, everyone will appreciate you staying off the gram for one afternoon. It’s fine to post a pic earlier in the day and do a few stories, but try not to stay on your phone the entire time. Christmas is all about spending time with the ones you love.

That’s it! My top tips for having an amazing Christmas Day! I wish you and your family the absolute best day. Let me know if you’ll be trying any of these in the comments.

I‘m Mikaela, an island girl in Bermuda who’s obsessed with sharing gourmet food, fantastic wine and luxe experiences. If you love all things food and wine, click here to join my email list to get awesome recommendations.

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