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House Ready for Christmas
Every year itís
the same thing. You think you have plenty of
time to get the house ready for Christmas and
before you know it, Christmas is here and the
house just isnít ready. This year it can
be different. There is still time to get
everything done before Santa makes a visit to
Making your house Christmas ready means a lot
more than cleaning up and getting the decoration
hung in the right places. For a lot of us
itís going to mean clearing out specific pieces
of furniture to make room for the tree, as well
as other tasks that need to be done, even before
the decorations are taken out of storage.
The place to start is by removing the clutter
that from the main rooms in your home.
Before you do anything else start, you really
want to try to throw away and pack away what
ever you wonít need during the Christmas season.
Box up extra knick-knacks that will just get in
the way as soon as the Christmas decorations
start going up.
Next, clean out the cupboards and the fridge.
That will give you a good look at what you may
need for Christmas. Count your glasses and
your coffee mugs to make sure that youíll have
enough for the number of guests that you are
expecting this year. Letís face it,
nothing is more embarrassing than serving wine
in a coffee mug.
The next thing to do is put extra furniture like
end tables and ottomans into storage so that
there is plenty of room for the Christmas tree
and other decorations that are going to take up
a lot of space. Also think about how the
rooms in your house need to be set up to
accommodate the guests you will receive during
the holiday season.
When all thatís done, itís time to get out the
decorations. Of course, this is the fun
part. When all the other work is done, you
can enjoy putting up your Christmas decorations
and making your home the perfect holiday
destination for your friends and family.
Getting your home ready for Christmas doesnít
have to be stressful. If you start early
there will be plenty of time to get everything
done so that your house is just the way you want
it when the holiday begins. Get going now,
and youíll be ready when the festivities begin.
Christmas is one
of the most inspiring celebrations of the year,
a time of hope, joy and love for the whole
family to share. The Christmas tips
section gives you some great suggestions for
making your Christmas extra special. The
tips are a complete bundle starting from
decorations to safety. It has all the
necessary flavors to make your Christmas a
beautiful memory that lingers all year long.
decorating the holiday tree, distribute lights
from top to bottom and add strands as necessary.
Make sure to test the lights before putting them
on the tree.
Simple decorating can provide dramatic results.
For subtle outdoor effects, consider using
colored floodlights directed toward the house or
trees. Easy to install and requiring
little maintenance, these lamps can provide a
festive look year-round.
Store extension cords in a toilet or paper towel
tube. Label its length for easy
store tiny lights tangle-free, cut a scrap of
ľ-inch plywood or heavy duty cardboard into the
shape of a capital ďIĒ. Wrap the lights
around this and they will be ready for action
Candles are a traditional and beautiful part of
the season. But they are still a direct
source of fire in your home. Keep candles
a safe distance from other things. And
remember that a flickering flame is a thing of
fascination to little children. Keep
candles out of their reach.
Avoid any decorations that tend to break easily
or have sharp edges. Keep tree trimmings
that are small or have removable parts out of
reach of your child. These pieces may be
cheap plastic Christmas ornaments by thin ribbon
in a window you want decorated. Hang with
tape and hang at different heights. By
using plastic ornaments they wonít break if they
hit the window.
Recycle your Christmas cards by using them as
gift tags next year! Cut individual
pictures out, or use the whole front picture.
They are beautiful against plain wrapping paper,
and itís better than then throwing those
beautiful cards in the trash!
you happen to run out of tags for your presents,
you can use a piece of the wrapping paper folded
in half with the white side inward. Cut
the edges with decorative scissors and label on
the inside the To: and From: parts. Tape
Bring a little extra romance into the holidays
by leaving a single rose in surprising places
for your mate. You can even attach a small
love note to them.
Freeze your candles before inserting them into
the candle holders, you will eliminate wax
ornaments that are missing hoods or caps can be
put together in a glass bowl and used as a
to make a list before shopping; it will help you
stay more focused once you get to the stores to
Always turn off the lights on the tree before
going to bed at night.
up old frayed crocheted ornaments with a few
pumps of hairspray.
a large gift to wrap? Rather than struggle
with regular gift wrapping paper, use a paper
tablecloth to wrap your large gift. You
usually can find one with a holiday pattern.
decorative gift bags (or brightly colored
shopping bags) filled with a few sheets of
tissue with sparkling confetti.
Display Ė Hang Christmas cards in the shape of a
tree on a wall or bulletin board.
Dress up existing throw pillows: Use scrap
fabrics on hand or purchase a yard of holiday
themed or holiday color fabric. Get the
fabric that is on sale or get the remnants.
Wrap your tossed pillow. Secure with
safety pins, then wrap a strip of wired ribbon
around the pillow and make into a nice bow.
You could also dress up small pillows with large
bandannas in red, green & gold.
you are looking to do a toy land theme for your
Christmas decorating this year, try searching
out teddy bears and dolls at your local thrift
stores. Wash them in a pillowcase and put
them in your dryer for at least 20 minutes, then
dress them up the ribbons and holiday fabrics.
Group them under your tree, on mantels, and on
windowsills. Stack small squares of
cardboard together and wrap as a tiny present,
then tuck them under a teddyís arm, or wrap an
empty box and use it as teddyís seat by the
several small gifts into a basket, ceramic bowl,
or fabric stocking.
Place childrenís gifts in a lunch box, plastic
pail, or cardboard mailing tube.