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Organising an Awesome Family Christmas Part 17

December 27, 2017 1 comment

Organising an Awesome Family Christmas Part 17

To-Do Jobs Around the Home

Minimum maintenance. Encourage family members to pitch in and share the work. Delegate, delegate, delegate!

Christmas Prep Checklist

  • Recycle wrapping paper. 
  • Write family thank-you notes.
  • Plan low-cost, no-cost activities for kids. Whether it’s camping out under the Christmas tree or a drive to see Christmas lights, some mid-week events will keep sparkle in the season.
  • Decorate for New Year’s.
  • Make New Year’s resolutions. 
  • Set up a calendar for the new year. 
  • Take down remaining decorations. All good things have to end–and the visible Ghost of Christmas Past can be a real disincentive to an organised new year. Take down remaining holiday decor next week. You’ll see it again, next season!
  • Take down fresh trees and greens, and deliver them to recycling.
  • Store Christmas decorations. 
  • Set up a ‘lost Christmas box’ for stragglers. No matter how you scour the house, a few holiday items will always hide out in laundry, kitchen or corners. Give them a place to go with a holiday box: a designated container for any last holiday items you find. In a few weeks, take the box to the storage area for next year.
  • Hold a Christmas debriefing. Get a head-start on next year’s planning–and avoid traps–with a quick debriefing session. High points or low, they’ll guide you next year.
  • Mark your calendar for next year!
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1 Comment

  1. I try to minimise the amount of Christmas wrapping paper I use to wrap gifts I am giving. Instead I put gifts in decorated boxes. Making the boxes is an ideal activity to do between Christmas and New Year, especially with kids.

    I save any useful sized boxes we received for Christmas, such as the box my son’s new slippers came in. Then, I salvage any nice wrapping paper from gifts given by other people. It doesn’t matter if the paper is torn, because I decoupage the box with random torn pieces of paper. I use PVA glue to stick the wrapping paper to the box in a random way, then when the box is completely covered with paper I use a dilute solution of PVA glue and water (1:2) to brush over the whole surface to seal it. Sometimes I use paper that is all the same design, sometimes I mix it up. Then once the box is dry I can add it to my store of Christmas gift boxes to use next year.

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