Be Prepared: 8 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas Morning

Christmas morning looks different in every household, but we’ve got tips and tricks to make yours a breeze.

8 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas Morning
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Early mornings are hard enough, but Christmas morning doubles up on the chaos. Luckily, with a little prep and planning beforehand, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy the family time knowing everything is under control.

Slow Cooker Style

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Jalynn Baker

Instead of trying to break from the excitement to cook a wholesome, filling breakfast for everyone, toss one in the slow cooker the night before and thank yourself Christmas morning.

Hide a Bag

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Jalynn Baker

After all the gifts have been opened, the mess of paper and packaging left on the floor is overwhelming. Avoid the massive cleanup by storing a bag under the tree and tucking trash in it as you go.

Stash Some Scissors

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Jalynn Baker

Somehow, scissors are nowhere to be found when gifts have stubborn packaging. Stash some nearby on Christmas morning so everything keeps moving without a hitch.

Don’t Forget the Batteries

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Jalynn Baker

Much like scissors, batteries can be quite evasive on Christmas morning. These days, toys are pretty unexciting without them. Give gifts like a pro by popping batteries into toys before you wrap them. If that isn’t possible, at least be sure to have a pack of the correct batteries on hand.

Coffee on Tap

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Jalynn Baker

Fiddling with coffee grounds and water and having to wait for the coffee to brew is just another avoidable hiccup on Christmas morning. Load the coffeemaker the night before and set its timer to wake up to that glorious aroma.

No More Mess

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Jalynn Baker

With all the commotion and gifts, it’s easy for spills to happen. Play it safe by using sippy cups and travel mugs and avoid the cleanup of your favorite (now-broken) coffee mug.

Cued-Up Classics

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Jalynn Baker

Instead of searching the internet for the perfect Christmas playlist, get the party started with no delay by having your favorites already cued up.

Thank You Cards Made Easy

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Jalynn Baker

Ensure no thank you notes go forgotten by snapping pics of each gift and card with its new owner. This not only makes it memorable when it comes time to write them, but the picture is the perfect special addition to the card itself.

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