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Go large: Host a massive spread 

If you must replicate your mum’s magic, don’t let it do your head or bank balance in.

Celeb lifestyle guru Aggie Mckenzie’s top tip is to shop online and book your delivery slot now. You’ll save time and money.

Laurie Hammond of Hammond Butchers says a turkey is the best bet to feed a lot for less: “It’s great value for money – one 5kg bird will feed 10 at least.

 “They now come with pop-ups, which stick into the breast and tell you when it’s cooked, taking out the guess work.”

Buy a pudding but make it your own with an easy, impressive sauce – try Rachel Allen’s boozy toffee or James Martin’s honey and hazelnut creme fraiche (


Hijack: Guest who stole Christmas

People are really friendly at Christmas, so don’t suffer in silence. Someone would love to have you as a guest. 

Aussie labourer Adrian Connolly once got adopted for the day by a family in Kent: “I was staying at a backpackers.

One day I was talking to this girl and her mum came up – she noticed my accent and thought I was a friend so asked what I was doing for Christmas Day. 

“I said nothing, and wasn’t fussed about  it. But she insisted I join them. 

"I took a couple bottles of wine, we all got smashed and watched Wallace & Gromit – I made friends for life.”

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- If you're away from home in London this Christmas, why not find fellow orphans on our MyTNT forum... 


Orphans' Christmas: With family on the other side of the world, there's no reason why your Xmas can't still be a cracker
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