That early morning wake up of gleeful squeals on Christmas is magical. Usually, once the gift opening festivities get started, it’s difficult to pause in the middle without missing something. However, as parents we are usually going to bed a few hours before those squeals ring out. Here are some helpful tips to get you prepared for calming the Christmas morning mayhem so you can relax, enjoy and be apart of the magic.
1. Ready, Set, Action!
Have the camera charged, cleared, and set to go. Make sure batteries are charged. Be sure SD cards are cleared, or that you have plenty of available photo/video space. If using a tripod, have that set up the night before. If no tripod, most likely you will want to set down the camera and partake at some point. Look for a good angle and get it set up for easy put down the next morning. This way you won’t have to take time calculating a great frame.
2. Mood Music
We love to have Christmas music playing softly in the background. It just makes you feel warm inside. Get this ready the night before, so all you need to do is press play. If you have cable television, there is usually a Christmas music channel for the season. Netflix has Fireplace for your Home (a crackling fireplace with yule songs playing).
3. Clear the Clutter
Make sure trash bins have been cleared on the eve. Have many large trash bags at hand to gather the shredded wrapping paper and whatnot.
4. Tools for the Job
I can’t think of a Christmas where we didn’t need a some sort of tool or knife in the middle of opening gifts. Be sure to have a screwdrivers (phillips and flat), pocket knife, box cutter, and scissors on hand by your trash bags.
If you can, be aware of what batteries you will need when wrapping. Have these purchased and on hand. If you are like me, drag that big ole’ bag of batteries from your junk drawer out and set next to your tools and trash bags. It’s a good rule of thumb to have AA, AAA, and possibly C’s on hand for the big morning.
6. Ready to go Tech
If you are giving technology, it is always nice to have it fully charged the evening before. It stinks to get an awesome gift and then have to wait a few hours for it to charge before being able to use it.
7. Go Go Juice!
Have that coffee prepared and on a timer if you can. Set out cups and stirrers.
8. Stay Warm
It can be chilly in the early morning hours, and most likely little ones are on the floor playing with all those great gifts. Have slippers, socks, and some blankets on hand in case a chill sets in.
Have breakfast planned. Prepare what you can the night before or stick to a make ahead recipe that just needs popping in the oven.
10. Organize the Get Out
If you leave the house to go visit others on Christmas day, and need to take gifts, be sure to wrap these gifts differently. You could use unique colored ribbon, or wrapping paper for each location. This way the gifts can be set under the tree, but make for a quick grab and go when it’s time to leave.
I hope this helps to calm your Christmas morning mayhem and I wish you and your family the best this season.