Essential Christmas deadlines you need to know

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Whether it’s ordering your turkey or knowing the last Christmas posting dates, here are all the important dates for your diary.

Christmas posting dates

The last international airmail dates are as early as 4th December for some destinations in Africa. For Australia you’ll need to post before 10th December and 15th December for the USA.

Closer to home, the last day for first class mail in the UK is 21st December to guarantee it arrives in time for Christmas Day.

For all the dates, deadlines and other posting info, check out the Royal Mail’s Christmas Post page here:

Christmas online grocery deliveries

Free up some time for wrapping presents by ordering your food shop online. offers delivery slots right up until 24th December, but make sure you get in there early to book a slot – booking opens three weeks before the delivery date you want and they’ll be in high demand.

Oh, and if you’ve forgotten the brandy butter for your Christmas pudding or Gran runs out of sherry, here are the Tesco store opening times over the holiday season.

Christmas turkey orders

Preorder your turkey online before 14th December to make sure you have it in time for Christmas. You can do home delivery (have a look above) or Click-and-Collect from your local Tesco store from 20th to 24th December. Here’s a handy turkey-ordering guide to get you started.

Christmas shopping

While there are no strict deadlines for buying your presents, alcohol, food or the all-important Christmas tree, there are some prime times for making your purchases that’ll save you some money. Check them out in our handy article on how to spend less money at Christmas.

Christmas list to Santa

In order to keep up to date with the naughty and nice list, it’s important for children to send their Christmas lists to Santa by 6 December.

If your little one needs Santa to reply in braille, large print or by audio CD, then he needs just a little more time to get some special help from the lovely people (possibly elves, we’re not sure) at the Royal National Institute for the Blind, so make sure they send their letter by 1 December.

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