It's the one time of the year when a good shortcut - or festive idea - can make or break your Christmas entertaining.
Embrace the festive season and try these 12 clever tips.
1. Get ahead of your Christmas cooking by preparing your roast potatoes up until they are ready for the oven. Freeze them on baking trays.
2. Give your cookies a beautiful lace pattern by rolling a doily over the top of your rolled dough. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes as usual.
3. Use pomegranate arils to give an everyday dish a festive jewel-studded look. We love gleaming pomegranate arils sprinkled on a grain salad, fatoush, trifles and pavlovas.
4. Replace tomato sauce with cranberry sauce for a Christmassy flavor. Instant festive sausage rolls!
5. Crushed candy canes make a delicious and crunchy addition to desserts. Sprinkle on top of chocolate icing, mousse, ice cream or panna cotta.
6. Add fruit mince to your turkey stuffing for a festive touch.
7. Use kitchen scissors and wonton wrappers to make stunning snowflake cookies. Simply fold, cut, then deep fry and sprinkle with icing sugar. Get Martha Stewart’s step-by-step here.
8. Dust cakes, pies, puddings and desserts with icing sugar for instant snow. Add straight sprigs of rosemary to resemble pine trees.
9. Use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out trees and stars in sandwiches and melons.
10. Make your turkey stuffing ahead of time and freeze it until you need it on the big day.
11. Not sure what to do with that giant panettone your neighbor gave you for Christmas? Lightly toast wedges and serve with berries, topped with a dusting of icing sugar.
12. Give your salads a Christmas look with sprinkles of green and red, such as finely diced red onion, chives, spring onions, red and green chillies, red and green capsicum, herbs and cherry tomatoes.