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Remember, remember the list of December.

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also one giant never-ending to-do list.  One-word notes like ‘Ice’, or classics like ‘Don’t forget the batteries’. Yes, that old chestnut (note to self: get chestnuts for roasting).

To make your life easier, we’ve put together a list of the most forgotten Christmas items and tasks. You can copy and paste it to your to-do app of choice or, if you prefer the satisfaction of crossing things out with a pen, you can download it and print it off, too. There’s also a dedicated aisle of ‘things not to forget’ that you can shop from.


  • Batteries.
  • A vegetarian option for the Christmas dinner.
  • Christmas dinner sauces: cranberry, bread, mint sauce/jelly.
  • Wrapping paper. 
  • Napkins
  • Christmas crackers.
  • Stuffing.
  • Brussel sprouts.
  • Potatoes.
  • Tinfoil.
  • Cheese & crackers
  • Sellotape.
  • Gravy.
  • Matches.
  • Pigs in blankets. 
  • Brandy butter
  • Brandy sauce.
  • Bin bags.
  • Duck/goose fat.

Commonly forgotten things to do

  • Buy presents for extended relatives.
  • Buy/put on the Christmas jumper.
  • Wrap last-minute gifts.
  • Send out Christmas cards.
  • Order the normal weekly shop i.e. bread, milk, fruit.
  • Fill the ice cube trays. 
  • Buy your relative’s favourite tipple.
  • Take the Christmas presents with you when visiting your festive family/friends’ bubble.
  • Leave a mince pie out for Father Christmas.
  • Defrost the turkey.
  • Turn the oven on (especially at the right time or temperature.)
  • Put the vegetables on.

Looking for some other top tips? Check out our Christmas dinner recipes for some festive foodspiration.

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