With young children in our home, Christmas morning is very much a “last one to the tree is a rotten egg” kind of deal. The last thing I want to do is put the excitement on hold while I find the camera or when we need scissors to open a package. So, a few years ago, I planned ahead and the Under the Christmas Tree Basket has been a part of our Christmas tradition ever since.
Find a medium-sized basket. I picked a Christmas-y one up at Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off.
Next, on Christmas Eve, fill up your basket with all the items you might need on Christmas day:
- Screwdrivers (phillips and flat or an all-in-one screwdriver)
- Needle-nose pliers
- Box cutter
- Scotch tape
- Extra bows
- Video camera
- Batteries (various sizes)
- Garbage bags (Thanks to Jayme!)
- Wire cutters (Thanks to Jayme!)
Finally, tuck the basket away under the tree. (NOTE: Please keep all sharp objects away from small children.)
The funny thing is that no matter what I have in the basket, we always need something odd that I didn’t put in it. However, I definitely spend less time running around on Christmas morning and get to sit and enjoy the chaos.