Stay sane with these make-ahead Christmas recipes

A merry Christmas is a stress-free Christmas.

Prawn cocktail tower
It is a universal truth that preparing a Christmas lunch or dinner brings untold stress to the home cook. Stay sane with these make-ahead Christmas recipes – their components can be prepared days in advance and, for the most part, refrigerated or frozen until you're ready to serve. Cured seafood, terrines, trifles, cocktail punch and frozen desserts – these are the recipes that will keep your guests fed and watered, while allowing you to escape the kitchen unscathed.