Archive | December 2013

Christmas Morning Basket

Cartoon_Decorated_Christmas_Tree_with_a_Star_Topper_Surrounded_By_Christmas_Gifts_Royalty_Free_Clipart_Picture_101115-016574-232053As a kid I remember Christmas mornings were always interrupted by someone searching for scissors, batteries, or grabbing a trash bag for all the wrapping paper. In order to minimize the last-minute running around for things on Christmas morning, we use a Christmas Morning Basket.

This simple basket goes under the tree and has all the things we needed for the morning. If you have little kids, be sure the basket is out of their reach or is covers so that they don’t get into things that could hurt them.

Here are some tips of what to put in it:

  • Bible – To read the Christmas story before you start opening presents
  • Scissors or a pocket knife – We prefer using a Swiss Army knife because it is harder for little kids to get into the sharp parts.
  • Batteries (TIP – Take everything out of the packaging and put batteries in before you wrap it! Add some extra batteries to the basket, just in case.)
  • Clear trash bag – For bows, bags, and other wrappings that you might want to re-use
  • Trash bag – For paper, packaging, and anything else you might want to throw away.
  • Small Zipper Bags – For little pieces to games and toys that might otherwise get lost in wrapping paper mess. Snack sized works great for this!
  • Sharpie marker – To write on the zipper bags what the pieces go with or to write names or initials on toys that may be the same as another child’s (e.g. two kids in the same family each get the same stuffed animal.)
  • Screw Drivers – Include a Phillips and flat-head screw driver for any toys you didn’t assemble prior to wrapping or to open battery compartments if you didn’t add batteries prior to wrapping. TIP – We always assemble and add batteries before wrapping presents.
  • Note pad and pen – If you are sharing Christmas morning with someone other than your immediate family, make a note of what gifts they give and who the gifts were for so that you and your children can write thank you cards during the next week.
  • Snacks – Especially if you have little kids or you didn’t eat breakfast before opening presents, include granola bars, breakfast bars, or other healthier breakfast alternatives to keep kids from getting too hungry  while opening presents.

Yes, I Make Them

Recently I have been asked by several people if I actually try the projects I feature on this site. The answer is simple – YES! Some of the projects I followed the featured directions. Some of the projects I tried it another way that didn’t work well, so I found better directions to share with you.

Here are some recent examples of my handiwork:

Large Country Star    Ornament Wreath                         Ornament Garlands

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