The only time I remember my daughter or grandchildren getting up at 6:00 am willingly is on Christmas morning. When the light penetrates the windows, it’s time to get up. Knowing that Santa has left gifts under the tree is too overwhelming. No matter how late you were up putting gifts together or wrapping presents, you head downstairs to see the excitement on their darling little faces.
Once the gifts are under the tree, we head off to bed for that much needed hour or two of sleep. Other things are needed besides gifts on Christmas morning. So, we have prepared a list of Christmas morning tips for you. Be sure to check it twice before you head to bed:
Batteries – Check the size of the batteries needed for any toys or other items before you wrap them and make a list. There’s nothing more frustrating to a child than not being able to play with a toy on Christmas morning because there’s no batteries.
Scissors – Put your scissors in a place where you can find them. Mine disappear like socks in the dryer. You may need them to get toys or other gifts out the box.
Trash Bags – I always have large trash bags on hand for wrapping paper or pieces of boxes ripped apart on Christmas morning. Kitchen trash bags are too small for the mounts of wrapping paper and boxes that we leave behind.
Notebook or Paper and Pencil – Use these to keep track of who gave the kids and you gifts and what you received so you can write a thank you note. Thank you isn’t a thing of the past in my home.
Tools – Make sure you can find your Philips and Flathead screwdrivers to remove covers from toys if needed. You may also need a wrench or pliers. Kids have little patience on Christmas morning. Everything is fair game, and they want immediate access.
Camera and Batteries – Make sure you have your camera battery charged. If you’re not using a DSLR, make sure you have camera batteries on hand. You don’t want to miss a precious memory because the batteries are exhausted or you forgot to charge the camera battery.
Phone Charged – My phone starts ringing early Christmas morning. Between texts, calls and posting on social media, I need my phone to fully charged. I also have a land line, so that phone needs to charged as well.
Be sure to check the Christmas morning tips twice. You want to be prepared for the most wonder time of year. Capturing memories is just as important as showing love and appreciation during the holiday season. Who wants to climb out of their nice warm pajamas so they can search for a local 7-Eleven on Christmas morning because they weren’t prepared.