Christmas countdown

We know the Christmas season is always busy. With so much to do, it’s easy to forget something.

We’re here to help. Our calendar will help you plan the Christmas countdown. From last posting dates to tips on when to make your pudding and get your tree, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up.

    November

  • The Christmas lights go on at Oxford Street today. Why not check for an event near you?

  • If you haven’t already, start your Christmas gift buying list. Make sure you know your budget too.

  • Write your Christmas card list. That way you’ll know how many cards you need and you can make sure you’ve got everyone’s right addresses.

  • Buy Christmas cards. Why not get them from a charity and help a good cause while spreading some Christmas cheer?

  • Make sure you’ve got enough wrapping paper and tape for all your presents!

  • Start writing your cards! It’s always best to post them as soon as possible.

  • Buy stamps. You can get the new Christmas ones from the Royal Mail shop.

  • Send a letter to Santa! If the kids just can’t wait, get in early and let him know what they want this Christmas.

  • Black Friday. Why not try and snap up a bargain online!

  • It’s Stir Up Sunday, so get the family together to make the Christmas pudding. Don’t forget to make a wish while you’re stirring!

  • Cyber Monday. Didn’t get everything you needed on Black Friday? Why not try again today?

  • Last posting date for International HM Forces Mail for Operational HM Forces. If you’ve got friends or loved ones serving, make sure you get their Christmas goodies sent today.

  • Start wrapping your presents! Even if you haven’t got them all, you can make an early start.

  • Check your Christmas decorations are OK. There’s nothing more frustrating than broken lights when you’re putting up the tree.

  • Sign up to Christmas Jumper Day and raise money for Save the Children. The day itself is on December 14, but give people time to find their jumpers!

  • Advent calendars start tomorrow, so make sure you’ve got one for everyone in your house!

  • December

  • Open the first door on your advent calendar. You can find out more about the history of this tradition here.

  • It’s Small Business Saturday. So why not support a local business and pick up some Christmas goodies at the same time?

  • Have a clear out and give any unwanted toys, books or clothes to charity. You’ll have more room for new presents.

  • Order your turkey. If you haven’t already, it’s best to tell your butcher or supermarket what you want as soon as possible.

  • Last posting date for Africa and Middle East.

  • Last chance to send a letter to Santa! He needs to get all letters by December 7 to give him time to reply.

  • Last posting date for Cyprus, Malta, Asia, Far East and Eastern Europe (except Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia).

  • Last posting date for the Caribbean, Central and South America.

  • Buy your tree. Now’s the perfect time to get a real tree, but don’t forget to put it in water!
  • Last posting date for Greece, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Start your Christmas food shopping this week to beat the rush. But only buy packets, jars, bottles and things that will last.
  • It’s Xmas Jumper Day! So why not put on some festive knitwear and raise money for Save the Children?
  • Last posting date for Canada, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and USA.
  • Last posting date for International HM Forces Mail for Static HM Forces.
  • Last posting date for Finland and Sweden.
  • Last posting date for Austria, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland.
  • Last recommended posting date for 2nd Class UK mail (and Signed For 2nd Class).
  • Last posting dates for Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg.
  • Buy batteries for any presents that need them!
  • Last recommended posting date for 1st Class UK mail (and Signed For 1st Class and Tracked 48).
  • Last posting date for Tracked 24.
  • Last posting date for Special Delivery Guaranteed items.
  • Buy the fresh food you need for Christmas. That includes the turkey (if you’ve been brave and haven’t ordered!), veg and anything else fresh you need.
  • Make sure the batteries on your camera/phone are charged and ready to catch all those magic moments.
  • If you’ve bought a frozen one, don’t forget to defrost the turkey in plenty of time.
  • Don't forget to wrap any last minute presents.
  • Put a mince pie and drink out for Father Christmas and relax!