Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday helpers

This year, I've been making a big effort to accomplish one Christmas-related task every day, so that I won't be overwhelmed and frantically ordering things on December 23 whilst wrapping into the wee hours of the morning like a crazy woman.  Even so, Christmas is just plain busy, even though most parts of it are lots of fun.  A few things that I keep around to help make getting things done more enjoyable and less worrisome:

Sharp scissors (wrapping gifts and opening boxes is so much easier if you're not attacking packages with your kitchen shears or car keys, and having pretty scissors doesn't hurt either).

Pop-up tape wrist dispenser.  It is incredible how amazing this makes wrapping (and how irritating you will start to find wrapping gifts without it).  
Gold sparkle nail polish for hiding nails chipped from all the aforementioned wrapping and other holiday tasks.

A Frasier Fir tree -- the absolute best-smelling and best-looking Christmas tree, in my humble opinion.  (My husband refers to them as "The Cadillac of All Christmas Trees.")  And if a tree isn't in the cards for you this year, this Thymes Frasier Fir candle is the best substitute!  The smell of Christmas tree makes me really happy.  
Christmas means mailing lots of things: holiday cards, thank you notes, and gifts.  Mailing means you need postage, and at Christmas time, the post office is typically a madhouse.  Save yourself the trouble and order your stamps online, ahead of time.  My favorites are these Love stamps (illustrated by Jessica Hische) and these holiday ornaments.

Keep a huge roll of baker's twine and plain hang tags around for dressing up little gifts and baked goods.
Love Actually never fails to put me in the holiday spirit.
And last, but most certainly not least: keep a couple of bottles of wine on hand.  You won't regret it. 
Do share, because I really want to know what helps you so I can steal them: what are you holiday lifesavers?

(Christmas tree photo by Tall and Salty; image from Love Actually via here; wine picture by Kate Mathis via The Seattle Times.)

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