So how are all your Christmas preparations going? Are you managing to tick things off your lists? I am slowly working my way through mine, you can see them here if you want to be nosey.
My thoughts now though have started to turn to christmas day itself. How can I make it easy and fun for everyone? We prep a few things to help make the day run a bit smoother and I thought I would share them with you. I hope these tips can help you make your Christmas Day run smoothly.
Number 1 – Have you got the batteries?
There is nothing worse than when the kids start to open all their presents and you find you need batteries, and there are none in the house. So if you haven’t already, add them to your shopping list. When you do get them, make sure they are put somewhere where you can find them. Ours are in a drawer in the kitchen.
Number 2 – Prepare the toys before you wrap
Now this little trick was passed onto us and it has been a godsend. Lots of toys these days come with a tonne of plastic and elastic things keeping the toy in place in the packaging. These are a nightmare to find and remove when you have very bouncy kids excited to play with their new toy. So before you wrap it up, remove as many of these as you can.
This is also the perfect time to add the batteries if they are needed.
Number 3 – Have all your tools ready
Gather a couple of different types of screwdrivers and some scissors and put them with the batteries before the big day. You will then be prepared for whatever is thrown at you, literally, by a child who is very excited to play with their new pressie.
Number 4 – Make sure someone is on note taking duty!
I don’t know about you but our children do fab impressions of the Tasmanian devil when unwrapping presents. This can make it hard to work out who sent what to which child. Put someone on note taking duty, as the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day is remember where all those presents came from.
Number 5 – Charge everything!
Phones, iPads, camcorders, iPods, kindles, you name it! If you want to take a picture with it, charge it! If you want to video with it, charge it! And if it’s a present you are giving, try and charge it and check its working before you wrap it.
Number 6 – Build the flat pack before the big day
Are you giving a dolls house this year? Or do you have that lovely play kitchen all boxed up to give to your little one? Then I suggest you build them before the big day. Then all you have to do is slap a bow on it and get it out when you go to bed on Christmas Eve.
If you don’t have the space to hide something build it on Christmas Eve. Make sure you have plenty of chocolates and wine to hand, that really helps make things more bearable. And yes, we will be getting our DIY on this Christmas Eve!
Number 7 – Be prepared for dealing with the rubbish
I don’t know about you, but every year as the paper and tissue paper is flying around the room we normally bung it all into a black bag. This means later on, or a few days down the line, the contents of that black bag needs to be gone through and sorted into recycling and binning.
This year I am going to try something different. I’m going to find three spare boxes and put them in the front room ready for Christmas morning. One will be for paper, one for cardboard & plastic and one for everything else that can’t be recycled. My plan, if it works, is that as we open our presents we can sort the rubbish as we go.
Number 8 – If cooking, write a timetable
This has worked so well for me in the past. I have worked out what time we would be eating and I then work back from that. I include everything we want – roasties, veg, turkey, trimmings, starters etc. This also shows when you have gaps for opening presents and when you need to start cooking.
Number 9 – Prepare what food you can the day before
I like to peel the potatoes on Christmas Eve and leave them in a pan of water over night. All you need to do the next day is turn the hob on. I have also cooked up some veg dishes a few days before and frozen them. They just need defrosting and warming though on the day. And don’t forget the ice. Whether this is buying a bag or filling an ice cube try, make sure you have enough.
Number 10 – Dress to impress!
We always buy the girls a new outfit for Christmas Day, this is then used as party dresses throughout the year. Get them out ready the night before so everyone knows what they are wearing and it will help speed up the getting ready process in the morning.
Do you have any tips on how to help Christmas Day go smoothly? Please share, I would love to hear about them.
Lets get organised!