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)
- 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.
What do you keep handy for Christmas morning?
This post is linked with love at Upside Down Homeschooling.