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Pulling off everyone’s favourite meal of the year isn’t a walk in the park.
New research by Thistle Hotels found the average Brit is stressed out by 10am on Christmas morning. A third of Brits think it’s the most stressful time of the year, with two-thirds of those polled revealing it left them in a state of “utter exhaustion” and needing to take a break.
And that’s because, according to the survey, the average host must remember a stress-inducing fifteen tasks before 10am on Christmas morning – with everything from face-timing grandparents, prepping the veggies, to making sure the oven goes on early for the turkey.
The poll of 1,500 Brits also revealed it was the traditional dinner that was the most worrying aspect of Christmas Day—which is why we’ve brought you the ultimate timeline, keep the stress at bay.
YOUR CHRISTMAS COOKING TIMELINE:
Getting timings and portions right, making sure you’ve remembered the veggie alternative and the fear of running out of booze. It’s enough to take the joy out of the whole experience.
That’s why it’s best to call in the experts – Women’s Health roped in top chef and author of Season’s Eatings Gizzi Erskine for her professional pointers. Print out this page, stick it to your fridge and cook up this feast. Dinner will be served at 3pm. Love a timetable? Good, because it’s the only way to avoid a Christmas Day calamity…
Remove turkey from the fridge (and its brine). Let it come to room temperature.
Preheat the oven as per the instructions for the bird (half an hour should do it) and prep according to your recipe, stuffing it if you wish.
Trim sprouts and cross them on the bottom. Peel, chop and parboil your potatoes. Steam-dry as much as possible for perfect roasties.
Prep your carrots and parsnips in the tin. The same goes for your sprouts if you plan to go all out with bacon bits.
Lay the table. Have a glass of something alcoholic and fan your face with an oven glove.
Get your sauce on – cranberry, bread, whatever floats your boat. You can reheat these just before you’re ready to eat.
Put your potatoes in the oven to roast. Make the stock for your gravy.
Remove the turkey from the oven and leave to rest on a plate covered in foil. Slap away greedy hands.
Cook your sprouts. Turn the potatoes over and put back in the oven. Put the carrots and parsnips in to roast.
All about the pigs in blankets? Get them in the oven now.
Put plates in the oven to warm if you have space. Finish the gravy. Cook red cabbage and reheat sauces.
Laden the table with your toils. Let someone carve the turkey and get ready to gloat. And drink.
Want more Christmas tips? Read our editor’s complete guide to a healthy Christmas or read what a nutritionist would eat at a Christmas market.