• Set your dining table on Christmas Eve, but leave the final flourishes for the big day, such as putting out bonbons and placecards. Now, take a few minutes to appreciate how fabulous it all looks.
• To create a sense of roominess, lay your placemats portrait, rather than landscape – they’ll look just as stylish.
• Santa sacks come in handy on Christmas Day for a big morning of kids tearing open gifts. Use them to collect and recycle paper.