3 SURVIVING THE BIG DAY (AND THE EXPECTATIONS)
No nibbling on leftover mince pies or drinking alcohol before lunch, or you’ll be on an energy roller coaster – not ideal if you’re already overwrought. Instead, set yourself up for a successful day with a breakfast of salmon and eggs that contains proteins to steady your blood sugar. Meal timings depend on what you’re going to cook. The book Nigella Christmas is brilliant, as the cooking is mapped out hour-by-hour, from Christmas Eve.
If something goes wrong, don’t ‘awfulise’ things. Christmas snags are rarely real horrors. As Dr Helen Nightingale recalls, “It doesn’t really matter. One year our electricity went out and we couldn’t cook, but we had other food in the cupboard, so we adapted.” Good enough is good enough. You’re not a pro chef, so don’t put that pressure on yourself. STRESS BUSTER When things get frantic, put it all in perspective. Ask why you’re doing this. Is it to make the best Christmas lunch in history or to bring loved ones together?