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Christmas dinner table

Planning Christmas Dinner

Are you hosting Christmas at your home this year?  If so, you’ll want to start planning for this special day.  We’re here to help, with a sample menu, guest tracker, cooking timeline and some easy steps to follow.  So let’s get planning.

Planning Your Christmas Dinner

Step 1:  Set the date, time and location.

For this example, we will invite our guests to arrive at noon on Christmas Day.  Some larger families may choose to hold this event earlier in the day as a breakfast, or later in the day as an evening meal.

Note: We know that some guests will arrive a little earlier, and some will run late. Therefore, we expect the overall arrive time between 11:45 – 12:15.

Our social hour is planned for 12:00 – 1:00.  We will plan to sit down to eat at 1:00.

Step 2:  Plan the menu.

Fill out the Christmas Dinner Menu to determine what you would like to serve.  Ours will be a meals that is simple to prepare, with pork roast, baked potatoes, stuffing, and cinnamon carrots.

Be sure to check out our Sample Christmas Dinner Menu:

Christmas Dinner - Sample Menu

Christmas Dinner – Sample Menu

We’ve also included a blank printable page so that you can fill out one for your dinner:

Christmas Dinner - Blank Menu

Christmas Dinner – Blank Menu

Step 3:  Invite Guests and track RSVPs

Use our printable guest tracker to make sure you’ve included everyone.  Be sure to keep a phone number or email address handy, in case you need to contact them.

Guest Tracker

Guest Tracker

Since this is a large event, be prepared for people to offer to bring a dish.  Lots of hands make for an easy day, so allow your guests to bring a dish.  You can ask guests to bring something from your menu, or just add the item to your planner.  We usually add their dish to our Christmas Dinner Planner, and write their name in parenthesis.

For example:  Cherry Pie (Mom)             Centerpiece (Aunt Jane)

Hint: If you are hosting a dinner, ask your guests bring an appetizer or dessert.  That way, you can save time and energy preparing appetizers and making dessert.  It will be much simpler to concentrate on the main course.

Step 4:  Clean home and set up for Christmas Day

Do as much cleaning as you can ahead of time.  It’s great if you can vacuum, dust, mop the floors, and finish your laundry earlier that week.

You’ll want to reserve the 2-3 days before Christmas to complete your grocery shopping, set the table, and make the desserts.

Step 5: Shop for supplies

Some of the non-perishable or frozen items can be purchased ahead of time.  We usually buy our pork roast 2-3 days before Christmas.

Plan to do your grocery shopping two or three days before Christmas, so that the fruit and vegetables are fresh.

Step 6: Cooking Timeline

Lastly, you will want to set up a tentative cooking schedule.  Since our Christmas dinner is extremely simple, our timeline will be very basic.  However, to ensure everything is hot, it is best to jot down a simple timeline.  Here’s our Sample Cooking Timeline:

Christmas Dinner Sample Cooking Timeline

Christmas Dinner Sample Cooking Timeline

We hope that our menus, guest tracker and cooking timeline help you host a terrific Christmas Dinner. 🙂

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Christmas Shopping List 14 people

Christmas Shopping Lists

Are you looking for a way to keep track of all the Christmas gifts you need to buy this year?  Check out our printable Christmas Shopping Lists.  They are easy to use, and simple to fill out.

Christmas Shopping List – Children

If you are planning to buy multiple gifts for one person, you may want to try our Christmas Shopping List for 4 people.

Christmas Shopping List

Christmas Shopping List – 4 people

You can enter up to 10 gift ideas per person.  This one is great if you are shopping for children.

Christmas Shopping List – Adults

If you have to buy a Christmas gift for a lot of people, try our Shopping List for 14 people.

Christmas Shopping List 14 people

Christmas Shopping List – 14 people

You can enter up to 5 gift ideas for 4 people.  At the bottom, there is space to enter one gift idea for up to 10 people.

It may also be helpful to print both Christmas Shopping Lists, so you can keep everything organized. 🙂

Happy Shopping!

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Need more ideas?

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above, along with our tab dedicated toward planning and organizing for Christmas:  Click here for more Christmas articles and free printables.

Christmas Checklist December

Preparing for the Holidays – December Checklist

The holiday season is here, and there’s plenty left to do.  Check out our Christmas Checklist for December.   You can use this as a final list to wrap up all of your holiday tasks.  A printable version of our Christmas Checklist for December is at the end of this article.

Things to Do in December

  • Continue weekly cleaning schedule
  • Decorate tree
  • Mail holiday cards
  • Set up final indoor decorations (mantel, ceramic tree, villages, nutcrackers)
  • Hang outdoor wreaths on windows
  • Track orders placed on-line
  • Wrap gifts
  • Confirm holiday outfits for family members

Things to Buy

  • Complete Christmas shopping (make separate list)
  • Groceries for holiday meals

Holiday Calendar

  • Bake cupcakes, pies, cookies and goodies
  • Prepare for holiday party
  • Prepare for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Printable Christmas Checklist for December

Here is the printable version of our Christmas Checklist for December.  Just click on the link below to print.

Christmas Checklist December

Christmas Checklists – December

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Planning Christmas Dinner

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Toolbox: Preparing for the holidays – November Checklist

Next steps:

Need more ideas?  Check out our Toolbox tab above, along with our tab dedicated toward planning and organizing for Christmas:  Click here for more Christmas articles and free printables.

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