Your Christmas Moment Checklist

October 23, 2017

December is magical and chaotic all at once. Here are some tips to glide through it and arrive at Christmas Day with more chill than a pina colada.

There’s a lot to get through between now and the moment you pop open a cider under the tree on Christmas Eve – Christmas shopping, your annual Love Actually viewing and all of those parties. You still have to power through work before the moment you switch your out-of-office-on, too. But with a bit of planning, it’s easy to juggle it all without losing your festive cheer.

 

Jingle ‘bills’  

 

Before you dive head-first into December, work out how you’re going to spend your cash, between splurging on gifts and hitting the town, those fresh dollar bills can dwindle fast.

 

Create a present list and set yourself a budget. Once you know what you’re up for, you’ll know what’s left to spend on socialising. While we’re all for generosity at this time of year, some clever number crunching could mean you have enough funds for some champagne. Keep an eye on the Liquorland newsletter for Chrissy deals that are perfect for gifting.

 

Have yourself a merry Friends-mas

 

For some reason, all of your pals insist that you must hang out before Christmas, even though you’re probably going to hit up a NYE party together. If your calendar’s already fuller than the MCG on Boxing Day, there’s only one way to satisfy everyone with ease: throw a Friend-mas party.

 

Gather all of you mates in your backyard, serve up snags and some beer – we’d recommend an easy-drinking pale ale – or try your hand at some Christmas cocktails. All those essential catch-ups covered in one enjoyable afternoon. Tick!

 

Ho ho ho, off to work you go

 

It can be hard to maintain your Christmas spirit when you’re expected to do your job in between all the merriment. At least you have work parties and team Kris Kringle gift-giving to look forward to.  

 

Getting the KK gift right can be tough, though. A joke gift might backfire – especially if you get Julie from accounts, she hasn’t smiled since 1986. But you can’t get anything good with that $20 price limit, right? Wrong.

 

Even Julie will be chuffed when she unwraps a bottle of NZ Sauv Blanc.

 

A noggy night before Christmas

 

You’ve made it to Christmas Eve. Well done, you. Now you can kick back, settle in with your favourite festive flick and wrap the last gifts.

 

To complete the moment, fix a batch of eggnog.

 

You’ll need:

3 eggs

1/3 cup caster sugar

2 1/2 cups milk

1/4 cup dark rum [client to advise]

1/4 cup brandy [client to advise]

1 cup thickened cream

ground nutmeg, to serve

Method

Place eggs, sugar and milk in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk to combine. Cook, stirring constantly, for 6 to 8 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Remove from heat. Stir in rum, brandy and half the cream.

 

Using an electric mixer, beat remaining cream in a bowl until soft peaks form. Pour egg mixture into 4 heatproof glasses. Top with cream. Sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve

All I want for Christmas is (to say cheers to) you

Remember that bottle of champagne you bought thanks to your savvy gift budgeting earlier in the month? It’s time to pop the cork and celebrate.

Merry Christmas to you – cheers!