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    Dec 14, 2017

    17 Genius Life Hacks That Will Make Christmas With Kiddos A Little Easier

    How to baby-proof the tree, minimize mess and more.

    1. Wrap an empty cardboard box and keep it nearby on Christmas morning, so that you have a place to throw out all the crumpled wrapping paper.

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    Plus, it'll look a gazillion times better than having a huge trash bag next to the Christmas tree, especially in the photos.

    2. To minimize more Christmas morning stress, put together all the kiddo gifts that need assembling in advance — that way, they can go ahead and play with it ASAP.

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    Trust us: no one's going to feel like busting out the toolbox first thing in the morning.

    3. If the little ones really want to help decorate the tree, make them a mini felt tree that they can actually handle.

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    DIY Felt Christmas tree instructions here!

    4. Up the ante on that Christmas ~magic~ by having Santa leave a few footprints behind.

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    Cut out "footprints" from cardboard, and sprinkle baking powder and/or glitter around the edges.

    5. Establish a new tradition — and get a head start on tidying up for the New Year — by letting Santa Claus "take" old toys back.

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    If the toy chaos situation in your house is getting out of hand, this Christmas hack involves starting a tradition where everyone leaves out old toys for Santa to take back and give to needier kids.

    6. To help baby-proof the Christmas tree, put it in the corner and block off the sides with fake, weighted gift boxes.

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    Especially key if there's a crawler in the house who might love to pull on tree branches.

    7. And if that doesn't work, a playpen will also do the trick.

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    Then maybe explain that no, Christmas isn't in time-out...

    8. You can also hang bells on the lower branches, so that you can hear if the little ones or pets are pulling on the tree.

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    Of course, make sure that the bells aren't so small that they're a choking hazard.

    9. And speaking of Christmas tree decorations, go for the non-breakable type, like anything made of plastic, wood, straw or cloth.

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    Ornament splinters are not worth it.

    10. If you still want to hang glass ornaments and Grandma's antique china pieces, put them on a smaller decorative centerpiece that you can keep out of reach of little hands.

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    The more trees, the merrier, amirite?

    11. In general, if you're going to have kids around, hang your decorations up as high as possible.

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    This goes for garlands, tinsel, and stockings especially.

    12. Also, pro tip: baby shoes make for the cutest ornaments.

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    I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying!

    13. Keep impatient kids (and, okay, adults) busy with simple craft projects, like making this glitter slime:

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    You can find a recipe for that here.

    14. When it comes to decorating Christmas cookies, let kids use squeeze bottles.

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    Waaaaay less messy.

    15. Use wrapping paper to distinguish which presents are for whom — plus, it adds a personal touch!

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    Designate one type of wrapping paper to use for each person to minimize confusion and ~package envy~.

    16. Muffin liners are excellent for making paper snowflakes.

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    They're easier to handle for little hands, too!

    17. And finally, when you're out shopping with kids and they see things they want for Christmas, take a photo of them with the product as their "wishlist."

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    You can tell them you're sending the pics to Santa, plus you'll have a personal catalog of the things they want.

    This post was translated from German.

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