Christmas on AOL

Get ready for the festive season

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Our ultimate Christmas countdown is designed to see you through the festive season safe in the knowledge that you have everything under control in the kitchen and around the house. It's based on the idea that doing things as much as you can in advance in a logical order means less stress on the day - leaving you freer to enjoy the season with your family and friends.

Knowing that you have the best homemade gravy in the world sitting in your freezer means one less thing to worry about on a busy day. It's not just gravy - we've got ideas for things you can cook ahead and either freeze or store in the fridge, festive menu suggestions to keep everyone well fed and happy. And naughty puddings to indulge in.

If you're in the mood to throw a party - see our tips and recipes here. Fancy trying something a little different? How about a Scandinavian-style feast with menus inspired by Nordic ingredients and traditions?

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without some festive favourites, so we have step-by-step instructions for a gorgeous baked ham, perfect roast potatoes and a foolproof way of making sure your turkey stays succulent and moist. And for those who can't imagine Christmas without sprouts, we have twelve ways of cooking them.

Take a look around our Christmas pages and find articles, menus, recipes, tips and inspiration to make your festive season extra special this year.