Since a day like today in my life includes: do the laundry, do the dishes, change a million diapers, wipe down the disgustingly dirty kitchen walls, repair the vacuum cleaner, read books with Jack, do puzzles, make 3 more Christmas presents, plan the menu and make the grocery list for the next two weeks, mop the kitchen and bathroom floors, work on the Christmas tree, feed Jack 26 times, etc. etc. etc.; I thought we could all use some simple holiday solutions.
I have a lot of old spun cotton package tie-ons that were made in Japan in the 1950s. I can never pass them up, but what to do with them? In 30 minutes or less I threw them all on a wreath. I love having them all together, and while I think the wreath could use more ribbon or glass balls or something, it works for now. This would work for any leftover ornaments you didn't put on the tree, ornaments that are too small for your tree, etc.
My wreath is just that fake garland wrapped around one of those $3 wire wreath forms. (Those things are handy.)
I always hear people say they are too afraid to put their old ornaments, or most precious ornaments, on their trees because they are afraid of them breaking. Many moons ago Dave and I worked together to create a system that works really well at protecting your Christmas tree from rambunctious kids/cats/dogs/neighbors/drunk Uncle Joe.
Every single one of my trees is screwed down to a table (or in this case a wooden packing crate). Make sure whatever you screw it down to is stable enough to not tip over though. Once you put on a fancy tree skirt you don't notice the ugly rigging underneath anymore. As an added bonus the trees get a lot more height without having to pay for 8 foot trees. (I use vintage trees, and they tend to be on the small side.) It also means most of the ornaments are out of reach of curious fingers. Then I wire on each ornament a la Martha. Wrap each hook securely around the branch several times instead of just hanging it there where it can be pulled off or slip off easily.
The only ornaments I have lost since I started using that method are due to my own clumsiness, Jack and the cats have yet to break a single one.
I never, ever do the gingerbread house thing because it is a crazy amount of work. We bought a kit at Costco for $9. Awesome. It went together in minutes, the icing is REALLY gluey and Jack loved doing it. He ate more candies than he glued on though!
Anyone else have super simple holiday solutions to share?
(What is up with bloglines picking up yesterday's post again and not this one? Wierd.)