It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the epic to-do list before Christmas arrives. From decorations to dinner preparations, something is bound to fly under the radar.

But a simple way to stay on track is to create your very own Christmas to-do checklist. Better yet, find a Christmas Countdown Checklist that has been created - complete with ideas and deadlines - for you.

That’s what this is. We’ve tracked all the important things you need to do in the lead up to Christmas Day.

We’ve got your back. Just follow this list - or download our FREE printable Christmas checklist - and enjoy a smooth lead up to Christmas without the chaos.

2 MONTHS TO GO

It can be hard to believe there are just two months to go until Christmas and yet so much to do. You’ve got this.


Note Important Dates

The way to tackle the festive season is to have a big calendar at hand. Note important dates for school, work, and extracurricular activities. There might be graduation parties, work Christmas parties, end-of-year dances, and so much more.


Plan Events with Family & Friends



Once those dates are secured, approach family and friends about end-of-year gatherings.

In these discussions, decide who will host the family Christmas events and whether you’ll give gifts individually or as a Secret Santa.


Start Thinking about Ideal Gifts

Write up a master gift list so you don’t forget anyone. Write down recipients and ideal presents to get them.

Get inspiration for your gift giving with our 2018 Guide to the Best Christmas Gift Ideas!

While you’re at it, create a budget to make it easier to shop without getting carried away. At EziBuy, you can even specify your budget to find gifts under $20, gifts under $50, and gifts under $100.

Begin your shopping as early as possible so you avoid the rush of December shoppers or the stress of late deliveries.

This is also a great time to snatch up Christmas cards and wrapping paper, since the best ones often run out later in the season.

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To do:

  • Write down important end-of-year dates for school and work.
  • Arrange December catch ups with families and friends.
  • Create a master gift list.
  • Specify a budget.
  • Write a shopping list of Christmas cards, wrapping paper, and decorations.

6 WEEKS TO GO

The Christmas spirit is ramping up! You’re starting to notice Christmas decorations in all the shops and the endless Christmas jingles over the speakers.


Start Your Christmas Shopping



You’ve had two weeks since writing your master gift list to keep an eye out for ideal presents. Now, it’s time to get serious.

Shopping centres aren’t hectic yet and online shopping gives you a chance to pick up the best gifts before they sell out and still have plenty of time for delivery.

Skip the Christmas chaos and buy your Christmas gifts online to have delivered right to you!


Stock up on Food



With your social calendar for December now full, you’ll need plenty of treats to have either ready for guests or to take along to dinner parties

You don’t need to worry about the Christmas Day grocery shop yet, but it’s a good time to stock up on non-perishables. Make sure you have some chocolate boxes, biscuits, pretzels, and other snacks on hand. Keep a few wines on standby too.

Check out our tasty Christmas treats online at EziBuy!


Buy Your Christmas Tree

This is a fun one! It’s time to pick out your Christmas tree. Be sure to think about dimensions to the space you want to put it in and get the right size accordingly.

Do you want a pre-lit Christmas tree or perhaps one that’s frosted? Or will you be sticking to traditional green?

Look at your options and buy a Christmas tree to have delivered to your door!

While you’re at it, dig out your Christmas tree decorations and see if it’s time to refresh your stock. When shopping online, order your tree decorations along with your tree so it all arrives together.


To do:

  • Start your gift shopping.
  • Stock up on food.
  • Order your Christmas tree.
  • Order your baubles and tree ornaments.

4 WEEKS TO GO

It’s almost time to actually start celebrating, beginning with decorating the house and getting the festivities in order.


Stock up on New Christmas Decorations



With your tree sorted, it’s time to look at the other decorations around your home. Think about little Christmas ornaments, candles, and garlands.

Don’t forget your outdoor decorations too. Do you need a new Christmas wreath or will you be decorating your home with Christmas lights?

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Start Wrapping Your Christmas Presents

Knock an easy task off your list by wrapping your Christmas gifts as you go. This also keeps your presents hidden from any prying eyes!



Plan Your Christmas Lunch Decor

Are you hosting the Christmas lunch? Now is the time to think about your table settings and decor. A few questions to consider are:

  • Do you need any new Christmas-themed dishware or glasses?
  • Have you got enough napkins and a nice table cloth?
  • What will you have as your table centrepiece?

Find inspiration for your Christmas meal with our guide How to Host a Spectacular Christmas Lunch!

Once you know how you’d like your Christmas table to look, start shopping table settings and decorations.



To do:

  • Shop for new Christmas decorations.
  • Start wrapping your gifts.
  • Plan your Christmas lunch decor

3 WEEKS TO GO

We’ve hit December and the silly season has kicked into high gear! The activities from here on out should really set you in the festive spirit, from decorating the house to sending off your well wishes to family and friends.


Write and Send off Christmas Cards



We’ve entered the final stretch, so it’s time to spread some Christmas cheer! Write up your Christmas cards and stick them in the mail now to have plenty of time for them to arrive by Christmas - especially if the recipients live overseas.


Set up the Christmas Tree & Decorations



Put on some Christmas carols and Santa hats, pull out your decorations, and start to transform your home into a festive wonderland!


Plan Your Christmas Day Menus

It’s time to get serious about your groceries for Christmas Day! Plan out your menu so you have a good overview of ingredients you need.

While you may not be able to invest in fresh produce yet, you can start to stock your shelves and freezer with many of the necessary ingredients for Christmas Day.

This includes ordering your Christmas ham or turkey. Many delis take orders in advance so you can be sure you won’t miss out.


To do:

  • Write and send your Christmas cards.
  • Set up the Christmas tree and decorations.
  • Plan your Christmas Day menus.
  • Order your Christmas turkey or ham.

2 WEEKS TO GO

You’re well and truly in party mode now, with plenty of social events to attend. But that doesn’t mean it’s time to drop the ball on your Christmas Day preps.


Plan Your Christmas Outfit



Have you thought about what you’re going to wear on Christmas Day? Will you go elegant, smart casual, or Christmas themed?


Clean Your Home

Prepare for the coming Christmas chaos by cleaning your home thoroughly. Tasks can include:

  • Eliminating clutter and tossing disused items (to make way for new treats!).
  • Dust, vacuum, sweep, and mop.
  • Cleaning out your refrigerator for the fresh groceries.

Post Your Last Minute Gifts

This is your final chance to get last minute gifts in the mail to arrive in time for Christmas. You might miss the standard Christmas delivery deadline but you could still post air mail or express delivery.


To do:

  • Plan your Christmas outfit.
  • Clean your home.
  • Post your last minute gifts.

ONE WEEK TO GO

Things are starting to get exciting. Work is wrapping up for the year and the kids are finishing up at school. It’s your last chance to make sure you’ve got everything covered for the big day.


Stock up on Fresh Groceries

It’s time to start picking up your fresh ingredients! Take a shopping list and stick to it so you don’t overindulge or exceed your budget.


Start Cooking



Anything that can be cooked in advance and frozen should be. Consider baking the Christmas pudding and whipping up gravy and stuffing.


To do:

  • Plan your Christmas outfit.
  • Clean your home.
  • Post your last minute gifts.

CHRISTMAS EVE

The festivities are here! Most people begin their celebrations on Christmas Eve, so be sure to balance your last-minute preparations with plenty of Christmas cheer.


Prepare for Christmas Lunch

Get as much of the meal prep as you can out the way today. Take your turkey or ham out of the freezer to defrost.

You can make salads the day before. But why not peel any veggies you’ll be roasting while you’re at it? One less thing you have to worry about tomorrow!


Assemble Gifts

Do any of your gifts require assembly? It could be a basketball hoop, a doll’s house, or a swing set. Today is your last chance to assemble them to surprise the little ones on Christmas Day.

While you’re at it, be sure to check if any toys need batteries and make sure you have enough on hand for the kids to start playing immediately. This is also your chance to gift wrap any last presents.


Don’t Forget to Relax



Christmas Eve already signals the beginning of festivities, so it’s important to include relaxation on the must-do list!

You might have guests coming over or be heading off to a family gathering. So before you set off, put up your feet and unwind with a glass of eggnog to put you in good Christmas cheer and ready to tackle the big day tomorrow.


To do:

  • Defrost the turkey.
  • Prepare salads and peel vegetables.
  • Assemble gifts that are toys.
  • Finish last-minute wrapping.
  • Put your feet up and enjoy the evening.

FREE PRINTABLE CHRISTMAS CHECKLIST

We’ve gathered up all the to-do items in this post and created a beautiful, FREE printable Christmas Checklist.

Download Your FREE Printable Christmas Checklist


Christmas can be chaotic and overwhelming, but don’t forget to embrace the festive magic and fun. Be sure to include plenty of lively events to visit in the lead up to Christmas so you feel just as excited as the kids do.

And if you’ve left anything - or everything! - to the last minute, don’t fret! We’ve got you covered with our Last Minute Christmas Survival Guide.