Feeling overwhelmed by all of the holiday hassle? Many people tend to have higher expectations around the holiday season, which can mean extra work to make everything perfect. But, you don’t have to work hard (or break the bank) in order to spread Christmas cheer. Here are a few hacks you can use to make Christmas quick and easy.
* If you typically put your tree in the corner, you don’t have to wrap your lights all the way around the tree. Simply criss-cross the string across the portion of the tree that's visible.
* Store your ornaments in an egg carton. For larger ornaments, use plastic cups or coffee cans.
* Use things like popcorn and cranberries along with some string or twine to make natural (and inexpensive) garland.
* Take the bulbs off of your strings of lights and spray paint them gold or silver to make them stand out.
* Use green tinsel to wrap around the inner branches of your tree to make it look fuller.
* Make the tree taller by placing a milk crate or paint cans under the base, then hide them with a tree skirt.
* Wrap Christmas lights around a hanger to keep them from getting tangled.
* Wrap your lights around a paper towel tube or part of a wrapping paper tube to store them once the season is over.
* If you run out of hooks while you’re hanging up ornaments, try using twine or zip ties.
* Wrap a bit of green garland around a tomato cage to create a quick and easy outdoor decoration.
* Wrap a couple of pool noodles with brown paper and paint them to look like a bundle of Christmas firewood.
* Hang ornaments from a ceiling fan or light fixture to form a festive holiday chandelier.
* You can run string through gingerbread cookies to make another decoration that looks good enough to eat.
* Reuse your leftover Halloween pumpkins to make snowmen.
* Use double-sided tape while wrapping presents to add a professional touch to your gift wrapping.
* You can make a simple snow globe using a Mason jar, some glitter, and a few small holiday-themed trinkets. These could work as a decoration as well as a personalized gift.
* Fill squeezable ketchup or mustard bottles with icing to make cake or cookie decorating a snap.
* If your slow cooker isn’t being used to make food for your Christmas feast, you can use it to make a big batch of Christmas morning hot cocoa.
* Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and clove into a pot of boiling water to fill your home with a festive holiday scent.
* Spread out some whipped cream on a baking sheet, put it in the freezer, and use a cookie cutter to make festive hot chocolate “marshmallows.”
* Pulverize candy canes and add them to glass rims for drinks, cookies, and so much more!
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to helpful Christmas hacks. Always be on the lookout for time-saving tips on the internet. You can also look in magazines around the holiday season for inspiration. You never know when and where you might come across a great holiday hack-related idea.