How to Keep Calm this Christmas

Have yourself a stress-free little Christmas with Perfect's Matt Tebutt's guide to planning your Christmas Day feast.

1. Prepare as many of your vegetables in advance as you can. On the day, simply reheat in the microwave. This will free up space on your cooker.

2. When it comes to the turkey, don’t stress about the timings to have it cooked at exactly the time you want to eat. It benefits from at least one hour’s rest

3. Don’t be afraid to ask other family members to help. Give them all the jobs you don’t want to do; after all, there is no such thing as a free lunch, even at Christmas.

4. Lay your table on Christmas Eve. This should be your last job before bed. You will be so pleased in the morning that it’s already done.

5. Don’t panic. Your family are there to have a lovely time, not to award Michelin stars. And don’t drink too much before they arrive.

6. If you have cooked, under no circumstances should you do the washing up.

7. Prepare a Bloody Mary mix for Boxing Day. When you wake up, simply add vodka and use it to wash down a good English breakfast.

8. Lock the door securely when your guests have all gone and disconnect your phone. Let the dog out. Sleep well. And, most of all, have a merry Christmas.

Check out fellow Perfect Chef Paul Merrett's 4 top cooking tips for Christmas Day lunch

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