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Christmas Countdown Lifestyle Blog, helping you plan a stress-free Christmas.
Christmas Countdown Lifestyle Blog, helping you plan a stress-free Christmas.

Christmas Countdown

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One of the most frequent questions we see is “How many weeks until Christmas?“, click here to see our real-time printable weeks until Christmas planning page.

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Where can I find Tunis cake?

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Costa Coffee Christmas 2021 Design

Costa Coffee Christmas 2021 Design

This years Costa Coffee cup Christmas cup design featured a ginger bread character with some snow drops falling. It's a nice simple design but perhaps not so Christmasy as previous year designs. Here are the designs from previous years. [dmg_masonry_gallery...

Is December 31st a Bank Holiday

Is New Years Eve a Bank Holiday? December 31st is known as New Years Eve. It is not a Bank Holiday and is therefore treated as a working day when it falls on a weekday. Many businesses however close for the days between December 25th and the first working day in...

Is Christmas Eve a Bank Holiday?

Lots of people are asking if Christmas Eve is a Bank Holiday. The answer is no, it isn't. In the UK many companies let their staff finish early on Christmas Eve. Shops, pubs and restaurants of course stay open as long as they can for last minute business. There are...

Is Boxing Day a Bank Holiday?

We've seen lots of people asking if Boxing Day is a Bank Holiday this year. Well yes it always is a Bank Holiday in the UK. When December 26th falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the Boxing Day holiday shifts to the following Monday. What is Boxing Day? Boxing Day is the...

Tunis Cake A Great British Christmas Tradition

Tunis Cake A Great British Christmas Tradition

Update December 21st 2021 I had to pop into Tesco today and spotted they had their own Tunis Cake this year. I couldn't resist buying one, so thought I'd post some pictures here. Tesco Christmas 2021 Tunis Cake Tunis cake purchased from Tesco - Christmas 2021 - after...

Stanley Tucci: Taste, My Life Through Food

Stanley Tucci: Taste, My Life Through Food

I don't often get a chance to watch Saturday Kitchen, but as I had my Covid booster jab yesterday I didn't feel like doing much else. The guest today was Stanley Tucci who was talking about food, and dipping into several sections and recipes from his new book. I'd...

Recommended Christmas Reading

Christmas Planner
Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities
Delia Smith Happy Christmas Cookery Book

An A5 hardback Christmas Planner with gold decorative detail and an elastic closure.
It has sections for a Christmas card list, present ideas, planning festive feasts, keeping family favourite recipes and a calendar for planning.
The Christmas planner can be re-used year after year – for at least 5 years
The organiser also includes 2 paper pockets and a zip lock pocket for keeping receipts, lists or magazine clippings – it has hundreds of reviews on Amazon and a 4.5 star rating. Click here to see it on Amazon.

This is now a classic, when it came out Jamie Oliver said he’d been working on it for over ten years. With classic recipes for every part of Christmas dinner, veggie alternatives, clever ways to use up all of those leftovers, top tips for cooking meat perfectly, and even recipes for edible gifts and Christmas cocktails – Jamie really has thought of everything! It’s one of the best selling Christmas cookery books of all time with an Amazon rating of 4.6 out of 5. Click here to see it on Amazon.

With her no-nonsense approach and inspirational ideas, combined with reassuring advice and easy-to-follow, reliable recipes, Nigella Christmas is guaranteed to bring comfort and joy, and make sure the season of good will stays that way.

This book haw everything you need to make your Christmas easy and enjoyable, from party food ideas and scrumptious cakes and puddings to the main event itself – turkey with all the trimmings, a vegetarian Christmas dinner or a wide range of delicious alternatives. It has hundreds of glowing reviews and a 4.7 star rating on Amazon. Click here to see it on Amazon.

Delia’s Happy Christmas has 150 recipes, plus menu plans and shopping lists, illustrated with full-colour photography. There are recipes for all your favourite traditional dishes – Delia’s Classic Christmas Cake recipe has been in print for over 50 years and has never been bettered.

As we know organisation is the key to a successful Christmas. If you follow Delia’s Christmas calendar, you will be sure to create a very special Christmas. And even if you don’t, there is always Delia’s The Last-Minute Christmas – a chapter for those who leave things to the eleventh hour. 4.7/5 Star Rating on Amazon – click here.