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Making Christmas dinner as easy as possible

Making Christmas dinner as easy as possible

Current rating: 5 from 1 votes.

Christmas dinner doesn't have to be a hard task ‐ follow our easy tips to a stress-free meal.

Christmas is all about family and friends, eating delicious food and enjoying the time off work.  Make sure your entertaining doesn’t turn into a source of stress by following these simple tips:

  • Ask everyone to bring a dish:
    Split the meal up into starters, mains and deserts and then ask people to bring specific things.  Make sure that the person you have assigned a dish is comfortable making what you’ve suggested – it’s a good idea to ask people to make things you know they’re good at making. Get recipe inspiration from Fresh Living’s vast database of recipes.
  • Have a braai:
    This doesn’t require hours of cooking at the stove and once the meat or the bird is in the Weber, you have some time to mingle and chat to everyone else.  It is also more social to stand around a fire or braai and makes it feel like more people are involved.
  • Ask for help! 
    This is probably the most difficult task to master, but if you have children and a partner then make sure you delegate tasks to them, like peeling potatoes or washing dishes.
  • Cater:
    This might be considered cheating by some, but to have a meal catered by someone else is really just great planning.  Pick n Pay has a whole menu of platters which are available to order; so pick one, order and then just put it out when your guests arrive.
  • Start preparing way in advance!
    You can cook certain dishes and then freeze them, to be cooked further on Christmas day.  This will free up some time to spend with the family.


Christmas is meant to be fun for everyone, so don’t get stuck in the kitchen trying to do everything yourself – all it takes is for you to ask for help.  Just remember, if there’s any time of year when you should get what you ask for, it’s Christmas!

Image from: Robbie73

Images courtesy of Fresh Living magazine

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