Christmas can be a hectic time of the year and it’s important to plan and be ready. You don’t want Christmas to end up being a disaster. Here are a few things to consider beforehand to ensure that you are prepared with all the essentials on Christmas Day.
Go to the Gas stations
One thing that I always forget is boxes in order to wrap the presents. Go to a gas station and ask them if you can have some old boxes. Just make sure that you have enough boxes to wrap all the odd-shaped items this Christmas.
Opening Toys Early
No, that doesn’t mean that you get a sneak peek at what you’re getting for Christmas! In order to be prepared, you need to understand what you’ve actually purchased. It’s a smart idea to open the toys that you buy your kids beforehand and assemble them. That way you know if they’re broken and need to be returned, or if they require time, batteries, another product, etc.
Eat the Cookies
Don’t forget to leave out a plate of cookies for Santa. Be sure to sneak a cookie off the plate too before Santa gets there (hint, hint) - but remember, he’s always watching.
As a prepared individual, you’re sure to have extra batteries in your 72-hour kit and emergency pack. But do you have batteries ready to use for your presents? Be sure to have enough batteries and some extra ones if some are already included.
Tape and Wrapping Paper
If you need to do some last-minute wrapping, be sure to plan with extra wrapping paper and tape.
A Present for your Spouse
You have probably been ready for a while with a present for your child, but don’t forget about your spouse. We’ve even heard of people buying backup gifts – items that if your spouse react well to the first gift, you play it off as a gag and pull out the “real” gift. If they love the first gift, you just return the backup gift.
Food for Dinner
Remember that most stores won’t be open on Christmas day. That means that you’ll have to be fully prepared with extra food items. You won’t want to leave your family to go get a gallon of milk or extra eggnog on Christmas.
Having family over for dinner on Christmas day? Don’t forget other items that you’ll need besides the meal. For example, you’ll probably need napkins
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If the power goes out, you won’t miss a beat this Christmas with a Solar Powered Generator. Even if it’s snowing, you’ll still have enough energy to keep things going for dinner and power a couple of the presents.
Share Your Sage Advice
So what recommendations do you have? Share your Christmas stories and what things you’ve forgotten on Christmas Day.