Have you thought what you might cook on Christmas Day? Whether it’s a turkey, a goose (or whatever else takes your fancy), don’t leave it until the last minute and buy it from a supermarket. We were vegetarian for many years and I vividly remember seeing the meat section of the supermarket entirely bare at 10 a.m. on Christmas Eve with shell-shocked women standing and staring in disbelief that there were no more turkeys to be had. I thanked my lucky stars that year that I wasn’t one of them.
Your local butcher will start placing orders with suppliers for the Christmas period very shortly now believe it or not. Go in and have a word with him (or her!) to see when you need to place your order and what you can pre-order. It may also be possible for the butcher to make a note to set aside any extras you have in mind like chipolats and bacon for ‘pigs in blankets’. Make a note on the calendar, on the computer, on the back of your hand if you like but get that order in on time.