I really do love this time of year. Not only are the days longer and warmer so we can spend nights by the pool, I love listening to a constant stream of Christmas music and dosing up on my favourite Christmas movies like Home Alone, Elf, Meet me in St Louis and whatever new movies Hallmark have brought out this year with a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies.
When it comes to meal planning at this time of year, we focus on simple meals with seasonal foods at home. Just the other night I made a delicious Panzanella with a stale baguette I didn’t have the heart to throw out and some bursting ripe tomatoes from my garden. Paired with a fried egg, it was the perfect light meal on a warm night and it saved me from visiting the supermarket at this time of year which is always a good thing.
However, when it comes to that last week before Christmas, I become a micromanager with lists for my lists which I find works best for me to keep track with my cooking and baking. Over the years I’ve developed a couple of simple tools that help me stay sane and get everything I need in terms of shopping for the best produce on Christmas Day and I thought I’d share them with you.
1. BULK ONLINE ORDER FOR CHRISTMAS EVE DELIVERY
I love using online grocery delivery when I know my week is busy and at Christmas, it is an essential part of meal planning. Once I know what we’re doing for meals on Christmas Day through until 28th December, I jump onto Woolies and do a bulk online shop for the things we need that I don’t need to pick out by myself.
I love the convenience of online grocery shopping but I prefer to choose fruit and vegetables myself however I am more than happy to have someone else shop for prepackaged goods such as baking supplies, milk, stocks, herbs and spices, soft drink, snack foods, dips, eggs and even toilet paper so I don’t have to battle through the store with a trolley along with everyone else, their 10 children and the grandparents. I’ve also taken to doing an online delivery for drinks and alcohol too which is such a lifesaver in the heat of summer!
I order my groceries for a morning delivery just in case something is incorrect or unavailable so if there is anything missing I can add it to my 2nd list …
2. IN PERSON CHRISTMAS EVE SHOP
This shopping list is for those products I prefer to choose myself to get the best. Things like cherries, strawberries, salad leaves and tomatoes along with a specialty bread or baguettes and seafood that I can slip into a basket rather than having a trolley. It is easier to move through the shop with just a basket and with such a small list I spend as little time there as possible.
I hope this is helpful to just one person and helps you enjoy your Christmas lead up stress-free!