The countdown to Christmas Day is officially on, and you’ve probably got a to-do list that’s as long as your arm to prove it. Hosting dinner or lunch for the family? Make that list as long as both arms.
If only you had a bunch of elves to lend a hand…
Guess what? You do! Rather than letting your kids get jacked up on candy canes and run amok under your feet, why not put them to work and free up some time for yourself to have a glass of eggnog, or three?
Decorating the Christmas tree.
Decorating the Christmas tree is so much fun it doesn’t even qualify as a job, and chances are your kids will get so excited when you’re setting it up that they’ll volunteer to help. Just remember to put aside any delicate glass ornaments and hang those yourself. When it comes to flicking the switch on your fairy lights, let the kids do the honours.
Arranging gifts under the tree.
It’s bright and early on Christmas day and Santa has decided that yep, these kids have been good. But poor old Saint Nick was in a bit of a rush, and perhaps didn’t get to make things look as neat as he would have liked. Your kids will rush at the opportunity to arrange boxes under the tree, even if it’s only to give them a wee shake while they’re at it.
Simple food preparation.
Washing and peeling spuds probably isn’t your kids’ idea of a good time, but anything involving dessert is likely to pique their interest. Let them decorate the pavlova with berries, roll rum balls in powdered chocolate or arrange the fruit platter. If you’re really lucky, you might even convince them to peel prawns – it’s a novel activity after all.
Putting nibblies in bowls.
“One for you, one for me….” If free reign over packets of chips and lollies doesn’t get your kids excited, nothing will! Popping nibblies in bowls and then passing them round to guests is an easy job for kids of most ages, just keep them in eye shot to make sure they don’t give in to temptation.
Handing out presents.
When everyone gathers around to exchange gifts, let your kids play Santa so you can sit back and relax! Chances are they’ll be so excited that they won’t be able to sit still anyway, so why not channel that energy and steal a few quiet moments for yourself?
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