Christmas Countdown Calendar: Tasks for Christmas 2020


*Christmas Planning

Are you one of those people who plans well ahead? Do you leave things until the last minute? Or are you lucky enough to have someone else who plans ahead and organises things for everyone?

Planning ahead can save a lot of money and frustration. Planning gives you time to buy or make great gifts and avoid those last minute panic buys. Here is a guide to help make your Christmas planning easier. I'll leave the older months there for catching up.

This year I am also determined to grow as much of the Christmas food as possible in my garden. Last year the rocket, beans, cucumber, sweet potato, capsicum, eggplant and various herbs all produced well. Only a few tomatoes though. Must do better this year.

* July & August

  • Christmas in Winter.  Have a Christmas in Winter celebration to try out some Christmas recipes and get you thinking about other preparations for the real thing.
  • Gardening – preparation for garden parties, planting edibles for the Christmas table, planning and planting green “home-grown” gifts.



  • Decide where you are spending Christmas and who you will invite.
  • Set budgets for gifts and entertaining. Have open discussions with family and friends about whether you are going to exchange gifts.
  • Make a gift list and to-do list.
  • Decide what decorations and gifts you will make. Christmas craft projects for under-5s can be found at 0to5 Christmas Activities
  • Decide on any household projects (cleaning, landscaping) and start/book as early as possible.
  • Book restaurants or function rooms for office parties and big functions.

* October

  • Create your Christmas card list and buy or order cards
  • Work on craft projects.
  • Work on household projects.
  • Check last years Christmas tree, decorations, etc.
  • Book venues for Christmas Parties and/or Christmas Day if you are eating out.
  • Planning a BBQ? Get your supplies and even go on a BBQ cooking course.
  • Start buying gifts.
  • Write Christmas cards.

* November

  • Post international cards.
  • Buy Christmas hampers online for best choice and early bird specials.
  • Buy or make Advent calendars for children.
  • Continue working your way through your gift list.
  • Order cakes, puddings online or from your local baker.
  • Decide on a menu for Christmas Day.
  • Write Australian Christmas cards
  • Buy Christmas decorations, bonbons etc online.
  • Make any hairdresser appointments etc.

* Early December

* December  – second weekend before Christmas

  • School Holidays begin!
  • Housework and garden work if you are entertaining at your house.

* December

  • Final week to  buy Christmas gifts. Check each site carefully as some may have already closed. Last-minute orders for Christmas hampers. Check each site carefully as some may have already closed. You may need to pay more for express delivery
  • Be honest about any craft projects that won’t get finished and buy alternative gifts.
  • Gift stocktake – order all remaining online gifts to allow time for delivery.
  • Order New Year decorations before Christmas.

* 21 & 22 December 2019 – weekend before Christmas

  • Final check – check gifts lists, menus, budgets.
  • Online gifts may still be available for delivery from some online shops in your city and or consider Gift Vouchers for gifts, hampers, toys, magazines and experiences.
  • Final housework and garden check.
  • Make sure you have all the groceries and toiletries you’ll need.

*Monday 23 December 2019

  • Final check – batteries, non-perishables, wrapping paper, bonbons, etc.
  • Wrap remaining presents, check gift list again – just in case.
  • Buy any emergency gifts – experience vouchers, magazines subscriptions, gift vouchers from online gift and toy shops.
  • Get supplies of medicines, non-alcoholic drinks, etc.


Tuesday 24 December 2019 – Christmas Eve

  • Pick up perishables (preferably preordered).
  • Buy any emergency gifts – experience vouchers, magazines subscriptions, gift vouchers from online gift and toy shops.
  • Check supplies of medicines, non-alcoholic drinks, etc.
  • Ensure all presents are wrapped. If you are doing the rounds on Christmas Day, make sure all necessary presents are packed.
  • Leave a gift out for Santa and Rudolph.
  • Relax.

*Wednesday 25 December 2019 – Christmas Day

  • Avoid stress and enjoy your Christmas Day!

*Thursday 26 December 2019 – Boxing Day

  • Stay away from the shops and save money
  • Research and create meals from leftovers to save even more money