Mayhem Monday: How to keep calm this Christmas

Have you got Christmas all wrapped up or are you yet to give your festive food a second thought? Our new survey reveals how much we'll be spending this year, who is feeling the pressure and when we should all avoid the supermarket...

Manic Monday: How to keep calm this Christmas

Our Christmas planning survey of over 1000 people has revealed that 75% of us started planning our festive menu in November - yet a huge 71% will dash to the shops on the 22nd and 23rd of December to do our big Christmas shop.

The majority will be descending on supermarkets on 'Mayhem Monday' 22nd December, with Marks & Spencer and Waitrose seeing the biggest rise in numbers. The majority of shoppers admit to pushing the boat out at Christmas as 80% claim to be more likely to spend money on luxury food to cook on the big day.

Planning ahead


To try and make the supermarket sprint as painless as possible, 55% of our surveyed shoppers said they made detailed lists and bought most or all of their festive food in one trip, with 62% claiming to have planned their menu in advance.

Not quite there yet? Let us help you...
Make sure you buy the right amount for your feast with our Christmas portion planner.

Find timeplans, make-ahead recipesfreezer tips and more in our Christmas planning hub.

How much we spend

MoneyOn average, the holiday season sets us back £229 for food and alcohol - not including any extras we might be giving as gifts. Our spending has remained largely the same as in 2013, though shoppers who feel they're spending more attribute this to rising food prices or a bigger Christmas brood to feed.

On a budget? Let us help you...
A bit of clever cooking can make Christmas affordable - read our tips to help the pennies stretch further.
Make your own decorations and edible gifts, or find a foodie present whatever your budget with our gift guide.

Keep calm


Cooks with a large Christmas clan (seven or more people) and younger chefs (under 45s) are most likely to feel the pressure as the big day approaches, with 31% and 29% respectively saying they feel flustered at the prospect of hosting. 

Sound like you? Let us help...
Our roast timer will take the guess work out of cooking your turkey, ham or any meat you choose to serve.
From centrepieces and sides to desserts and tipples, try our easy yet impressive Christmas dinner recipes

Whether you're planning ahead or going last-minute, cooking for two or hosting a crowd, Good Food's Christmas kitchen has every recipe you'll need and expert tips to help you pull it off in style.

How are you getting ready for Christmas this year and when will you be doing the big Christmas shop (if at all)? Let us know in the comments below...


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