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THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS TO DO LIST 2022 (PLUS FREE PRINTABLE)

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Getting organised in plenty of time for Christmas is by far the best way to make sure that you will actually have the energy and enthusiasm to enjoy Christmas. 

Use my trusty (road-tested over many years!) Christmas to do list as your own countdown to Christmas checklist for the big tasks you need to do in preparation for Christmas 2022. You can grab the free printable version further down this post. 

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WHY USE A WEEK-BY-WEEK CHRISTMAS TO DO LIST?

In my experience the best way to organise a Christmas to do list is to break it down week-by-week. 

This means there is a series of easy to deal with checklists to work through each week, rather than one overwhelming big long list. 

The Christmas to do list I have put together starts from 1 October, which gives you exactly 12 weeks to plan and get ready for Christmas.

Now, if the idea of planning for Christmas as early as the start of October brings you out in hives, worry not! The things I suggest you cover off in October are the foundations of Christmas planning that will enable you to dive into the full magic of the festive season at the start of December. 

Related: The ultimate list of 100+ Christmas planning tips you need to know

And what if you discover this week by week planner after 1 October? I promise you will still find it a useful way to break down all the tasks that need to be covered off between now and 25th December.

If you need a further incentive to get real about planning ahead for Christmas, I promise you that it will save you money

Given that the current economic climate in 2022 is a challenging one for many, it really does make sense to plan ahead for Christmas to avoid last minute panic buying at inflated prices or buying stuff you don’t really need. 

Related: Christmas money-saving tips

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THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS TO DO LIST 2022 

OCTOBER

WEEK 1

  • Agree family Christmas plan for Christmas day – who and where 
  • Define a budget
  • Start Christmas master checklist for food, gifts, cards and decorations

WEEK 2

  • Book your online supermarket delivery slot if you have an annual pass
  • Do pre-Christmas declutter
  • Check what you need to host overnight guests – towels, bedding etc

WEEK 3

  • Book tickets for Christmas events – pantomime, ice-skating etc
  • Put events and activities on your calendar – school plays, panto etc
  • Plan travel/book tickets/work out routes and timings

WEEK 4

  • Update your Christmas card list
  • Check you have enough crockery and cutlery for Christmas meal
  • Start adding ideas for gifts to master checklist
  • Buy Advent Calendar/s for kids

NOVEMBER

WEEK 1

  • Book Santa Claus visit and wreath-making
  • Decide theme for Christmas decor (use my free printable decor planner)
  • Order family photo Christmas card 
  • Order Christmas stamps (Royal Mail available online 3rd November 2022) 
  • Book online food delivery slot

WEEK 2

  • Buy Christmas cards
  • Order artificial Christmas tree
  • Buy decorations
  • Order Christmas stockings/sacks 
  • Order ingredients for Christmas cake and pudding 

WEEK 3

  • Order Christmas turkey
  • Plan Christmas food menu (use my easy Christmas dinner menu)
  • Add ingredients and food to Christmas online food order 
  • Make Christmas cake and pudding – Stir Up Sunday is 20 November 2022
  • Get kids to write their letter to Santa/gift wishlist

WEEK 4

  • Shop Black Friday (25 November 2022) for Christmas gifts
  • Buy Christmas gifts 
  • Write Christmas cards and address envelopes
  • Buy wrapping paper, gift tags and sellotape 

DECEMBER

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

  • Make Christmas wreath and hang it 
  • Buy Christmas puzzle/games
  • Buy batteries, bin bags and matches/electric candle lighter
  • Stock up on extra-wide foil for turkey and leftovers storage

WEEK 3

WEEK 4

  • Put together Christmas Eve box/es
  • Do big Christmas grocery shop / take delivery of food order
  • Put together Christmas table centrepiece
  • Put together Christmas Eve/Christmas Day timeline  

Well there you have it, a full 12 week Christmas to do list that will help you get prepared for Christmas in the most stress-free way possible, by breaking down all the tasks into weekly bite-sized checklists. 

HOW TO DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE CHRISTMAS TO DO LIST PRINTABLE

I’ve kept the Christmas to do list printable to a single sheet so that it is super easy to download, use and check as you work your way towards Christmas. 

If you’re already a subscriber to Mums Make Lists you can go right ahead and click the image or link below to download your copy of the free printable Christmas to do list. 

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HERE’S A FEW CHRISTMAS PREP TIPS FOR EACH MONTH IN THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS

THINGS TO CONSIDER IN OCTOBER

October is the ideal time to consider where you and your family will actually spend Christmas. 

Will you be hosting Christmas Day or Boxing Day at home? If you are hosting Christmas, who will be joining you? Will you have overnight guests and if so, what do you need to do to ready your home for guests? 

The start of the Christmas planning process is also the best time to decide on your overall Christmas budget. Consider the costs of hosting Christmas, who you need to buy gifts for, if you need to buy Christmas decorations. 

And finally, I use a google sheet for my Christmas checklist and have tabs set up for Christmas food, Christmas gifts, Christmas cards and Christmas decorations. 

THINGS TO CONSIDER IN NOVEMBER

To stand a chance of getting your Christmas cards sent in the first week of Christmas – so you don’t have this much-dreaded task looming over you longer than need be – make sure you get them bought at the start of November and written out by the end. It’s a game-changer! 

The other game-changer is buying Christmas stamps online rather than standing in a mile long queue at the Post Office. 

Get ahead with your Christmas gift shopping by getting the bulk of it done before the end of November – taking into account that it is always worth checking out Black Friday to see if you can make savings. 

If you make your own Christmas cake and pudding on Stir Up Sunday, this is also a good day to get your kids to write their letter to Santa or Christmas gift wishlists. 

This adds a little ceremony to the process and also means you are armed and ready to get all your Christmas major gift shopping done before the end of November – bliss!

THINGS TO CONSIDER IN DECEMBER

As well as finalising your Christmas food shopping list in early December, it’s a good idea to make sure you have enough food storage/foil/saran wrap, because there will inevitably be leftovers. 

It’s also a good idea to shop up things that have an important supporting role in Christmas – batteries, matches (or do yourself a big favour and buy an electric candle lighter. Since I bought mine I absolutely love that I NEVER have to worry about running out of matches. This is the electric candle lighter that I have, it’s a great stocking stuffer idea for an adult too!)

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You Baby Me Mummy

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

Wow so organised. I won't start anything until December. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

Gemma @ Confessions of a Nagging Mother

Wednesday 30th of September 2015

This is such a fab post and such a good idea.... I feel like I am soooo behind this year on Christmas! I normally like to make a start in July / August! I must get back on track!!

#TheList

Gemma xxx

Mrs Z

Saturday 26th of September 2015

Great planning list! Thanks for sharing :)

Caroline

Friday 25th of September 2015

I love getting organised for christmas, I need to get on with planning, usually I have abit more of an idea of what I will get the kids, but I am struggling for ideas this year.

Chloe

Friday 25th of September 2015

Yes! I LOVE THIS! I am such an organised person, this suits me perfectly. I've already started planning lists of presents and working out how I'm going to tackle it this year, setting aside a budget etc. But this list is perfect. Definitely bookmarking! Thank you for sharing it. xx #thelist

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