Book well in advance
Once you've got your move date fixed, get your removal booked as far in advance as possible. Like many businesses, removals firms may well have a reduced staff over the holiday season, meaning that they can be booked up early.
A white Christmas is always great - except if you are moving house at the time. Check the weather forecasts and plan ahead by keeping warm clothes to hand, gritting paths and taking extra care of pets and plants. If the weather is really bad, keep a shovel handy to clear away any snow.
Contact your utilities suppliers
Make sure you inform your new gas, electricity and water providers that you're moving house, otherwise there might be no fairy lights on the tree and turkey roasting in the oven!
Send out your new address in good time
Make sure all your family and friends have your new address well in advance, leave a set of sticky address labels for the new residents to use or set up a postal redirection, so that you still get your cards!
Pack a Christmas box
When packing your belongings, you should always label each box. At Christmas, take care to pack and label a separate Christmas box, with children's Christmas stockings, decorations and your best china for Christmas Lunch.