It's the last Works-For-Me Wednesday before Christmas, so in the spirit of last-minute shopping, I'm calling a last-minute, spur-of-the-moment Christmas edition.
(Never fear; if your WFMW post isn't Christmas-related go ahead and post it. This is just for those of us who are sitting looking at a blank computer screen wondering WHAT ON EARTH to write about.)
I thought it might be fun to share some tips for keeping all the little holiday odds-and-ends wrapped up. Here's a few things that work for me around here:
:: Store gifts by family groups. Group 1 (kids' gifts) all are carefully tucked in the attic. Group 2 (Hubs' family) are sitting in a laundry basket in the garage so that they can travel with us to Arkansas in a few days. Group 3 (my family) are in my closet. This way I can immediately put gifts in the proper "stash" so nothing gets forgotten.
:: Wrap gifts immediately. I know, some of you love the idea of staying up all night Christmas Eve. Not me. I wrap stuff AS SOON as it enters my door. I'd rather spend my Christmas Eve sipping egg nog and watching It's a Wonderful Life.
:: Keep one receptacle for Christmas receipts/packing slips/etc. I did this a couple of years ago and it was helpful. I totally forgot about it this year, and it's already put me in more than one little pinch, not being able to find a receipt.
:: Keep Christmas baking simple. I know many of you enjoy spending as much time as possible in the kitchen. My hat is off to you, and I would very much like for you to feed me dinner. I, however, am not a kitchen slaver-awayer, so my baked gifts to friends, neighbors, etc. stay super easy. This year I made this recipe.
:: Remember E-Bay. I am so tickled--I just won these fantastically awesome figurines for $6. SIX DOLLARS, people:
Okay, so those aren't exactly ground-breaking, but they'll have to do in a pinch. (Thanks to on-going issues from the ice storms, I've had about 45 minutes of internet access in the last 2 days.) If you've got some fun tips to share, whether they're Christmas-y, or not, please do so below. WFMW guidelines can be found here.
NOTE: This will be the last WFMW of the year. The next edition will be January 2nd. No theme, just write about whatever you'd like.